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Eissler, K.R. (1958). Remarks on Some Variations in Psycho-Analytical Technique. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 39:222-229.

(1958). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 39:222-229

Remarks on Some Variations in Psycho-Analytical Technique

K. R. Eissler

Dr. Loewenstein's paper fills a clear need in our science. Theoretical differences among analysts are climaxed by differences about technique even among analysts who share the same theoretical views. This is not only demonstrated at seminars; most of our students become aware quickly of marked differences in general style and detail between one supervisory analyst and another. Disquieting as such a state may be to the purist, in my estimation this lack of general certainty and the ensuing state of fluidity are challenges that make analytic work particularly fascinating.

The first point I wish to raise concerns terminology. In this area full freedom reigns; every scientist is permitted to coin his own terms if he defines them adequately and sticks to the rules he has thus set up. But terms have their own destinies and are loaded with implications derived from their traditional meanings. It may happen that, despite the definition that has been attached to the term, its effect and actual use may depart significantly from the originator's intent.

I fear this may be the case with Dr. Loewenstein's use of the term intervention which he opposes to interpretation. I share Dr. Loewenstein's opinion that all non-interpretative tools should be viewed separately and, to a certain extent, even in contrast to interpretation; but when we consider the traditional meaning of the term intervention, we must attribute to interpretation the sense of an intervention. Indeed, I should say interpretation is the most powerful and consequential intervention at our disposal.

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