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Busch, F. (1997). Understanding The Patient's Use Of The Method Of Free Association: An Ego Psychological Approach. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:407-423.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:407-423

Understanding The Patient's Use Of The Method Of Free Association: An Ego Psychological Approach

Fred Busch

While most of our methods of listening have been geared toward unearthing unconscious fantasies, those directed toward the ego's allinclusive role in effecting the associative process have lagged far behind. It is the thesis of this paper that listening from the perspective of the ego allows the analyst to work more closely with what the patient is ready to understand. Clinical technique, using an ego psychological view, is elaborated, demonstrated, and compared to technique dependent on the reading of signs and symbols of the unconscious.

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