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Nachmani, G. (1984). Hesitation, Perplexity, and Annoyance at Opportunity. Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:448-457.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:448-457

Hesitation, Perplexity, and Annoyance at Opportunity

Gilead Nachmani, Ph.D.

THERE IS A LARGE BODY OF PSYCHOANALYTIC literature on the best use of the analytic process and situation. At one polarity, sometimes called the English object relations school, there is the approach insisting that the earlier an analyst interprets and exposes the archaic primitive unconscious fantasy systems of a patient and the related anxieties, the sooner the patient is able to get into the analysis. In contrast, there is another polarity, sometines called the classical or ego psychological method, which enjoins one to gradually analyze the defenses and in so doing establish a working alliance so that the primitive mental states might be engaged, eventually, in the transference. There is a third position, traceable to aspects of both of these positions, but fundamentally substantial in its own right, and in some respects radically different in both theory and practice from either.

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