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Shevrin, H. (1997). Psychoanalysis As The Patient: High In Feeling, Low In Energy. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:841-864.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:841-864

Psychoanalysis As The Patient: High In Feeling, Low In Energy

Howard Shevrin

This paper examines the increasingly important role that affect is assuming in psychoanalytic research and practice. This rise in the centrality of affect has been at the expense of an independent role for motivation and a dismissal of any energy concept. Difficulties with this affect-first approach are identified and an alternative offered that accords motivation an independent role and accommodates a useful energy concept. Research on esophageal atresia, addiction, and infant suckling are cited in support of this position.

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