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Grinberg, L. (1963). Relations Between Psycho-Analysts. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 44:362-367.

(1963). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 44:362-367

Relations Between Psycho-Analysts

León Grinberg


This paper deals with the vicissitudes in the relations between psycho-analysts and with their motivations. In the first place it attempts to define the differences that exist between the dynamics of the relations within a group of analysts and those within any other scientific, social, or working group. It then refers to the specific characteristics of the profession, for the activity of analysts bestows a certain specific content and expression on the conflict situations they have to face. Next, it analyses some of the factors bearing on the determination of these specific aspects and their consequences: isolation, lack of communication (necessarily partial and dissociated), and a certain degree of regression. All these, added to the predisposing elements in each personality, may lead, on occasion, to the intensification of persecutory anxieties, with the utilization of schizo-paranoid mechanisms and increased reactions of rivalry, envy, resentment, or fear towards those who represent re-editions of past persecutory imagos. These states and mechanisms will also be of influence in the need felt to form part of subgroups with common ideologies and affinities so as to reinforce our defences and to strengthen and amplify the ego. Nevertheless, it is also as a result of the working-through of the depressive aspects, with a reparatory content, that one acquires feelings of solidarity with others, by receiving or imparting knowledge, by exchanging positive sentiments and emotions, and so fostering good relations.

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