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Breger, L. (1984). Discussion. Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:583-588.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:583-588


Louis Breger, Ph.D.

DR. EHRENBERG HAS GIVEN US AN example of clinical psychoanalysis at a very high level; she demonstrates the psychoanalytic process as it should be practiced. The therapeutic process is carried forth in the transference and countertransference; it is a living experience with powerful emotional or affective components that leads to important changes in the way the person experiences himself and his relationships. Her paper is so clear and direct that one may lose sight of the fact that psychoanalysis is not always conceptualized this way. This becomes clear when we consider what psychoanalysis is not in her account. It is not a "reconstruction" of the patient's history or a recovery of repressed memories as Dr. Spence—my fellow discussant—characterizes it in his recent book.

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