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Langer, M. Puget, J. Teper, E. (1964). A Methodological Approach to the Teaching of Psycho-Analysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 45:567-574.

(1964). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 45:567-574

A Methodological Approach to the Teaching of Psycho-Analysis

Marie Langer, Janine Puget and Eduardo Teper


We propose that in order to teach a seminar on the theory of technique to advanced students, we must work towards the following end: that students should be acquainted with various possible psycho-analytical techniques, by means of a method based on differences and similarities, comparisons; thesis and antithesis, so as to enable them to gain perspective and achieve a criterion of their own technique, based on the capacity to develop discriminating judgement (which will not tell them what is right or wrong but what is more adequate for themselves, so as to help them find their own identity) and to increase their ego capacity by weakening their rigid and prohibitory superego.

We think that having this in view classes should be conducted by a team of professors (collaboration) who work together with a team of students, actively participating in the discussion of each subject.

Throughout every academic year, special attention should be paid to disagreements between students, stereotyped behaviour patterns that make it possible for them to foretell what the other will say, extreme tensions, transference acting-out, the candidate's dependence, and other interpersonal factors. If these are not duly considered and properly handled, they will disturb the learning process and strengthen defences.

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