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Feiner, A.H. (1996). Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Contemp. Psychoanal., 32:411-425.

(1996). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:411-425

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered

Arthur H. Feiner, Ph.D.

Traditionally, psychoanalysts have defined psychoanalysis by creating it, laying down rules and constraints, even rituals or ceremonies. With the flowering of interpersonalism in mid-century, by contrast, a new psychoanalysis came about through efforts to define it. Interpersonalists made conceptual as well as technical and practical changes. The ancestry of the leaders of the movement was obviously classical, but their interest in authenticity—that is, what they said they did was no different from what they did—didn't prevent them from outclassing their forebears. Since technique (along with practice) and theory are interdependent and interpenetrating, with one influencing the other, to split or separate them, i.e., to discuss them in isolation, would give a false impression of the interpersonal position.

Still, some of the basic canon never changed: concepts like unconscious processing, and, especially, the affecting power of resistance, transference, and countertransference (going on between analyst and patient out of awareness and shaping the interaction between them), and the


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