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Meyer, J.K. (2007). Training Analysis and Reanalysis in the Development of the Psychoanalyst. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 55(4):1103-1128.

(2007). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 55(4):1103-1128

Plenary Address

Training Analysis and Reanalysis in the Development of the Psychoanalyst

Jon K. Meyer

A psychoanalyst faces the extraordinary demand of becoming instrumental in the psychoanalytic process. In the candidate's attempt to rise to that expectation, the first step is the training analysis. As the centerpiece of psychoanalytic education, it is no ordinary analysis and bears special burdens intrinsic to its multiple functions and institutionalization. Recognizing the difficulties of both analytic education and analytic practice, Freud suggested that the analyst be periodically reanalyzed; for many, reanalysis is integral to their analytic development. Indeed, an analyst is actually never “made” but is always “in the making,” developing and maturing in life and in practice. Reanalysis serves to focus elements of transference and resistance, rework defenses, facilitate more extensive regression in the service of the ego, deepen emotional integration, rework those elements of psychoanalysis itself that have been incorporated into defensive structure, and further the maturation of the analyzing instrument. If analysis is our most powerful mode of initial education, reanalysis is the most powerful form of continuing education. That remarkably little attention has been paid to reanalysis is testimony to the infantile fantasies that remain invested in our personal analyses.

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