Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To find an Author in a Video…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To find an Author in a Video, go to the Search Section found on the top left side of the homepage. Then, select “All Video Streams” in the Source menu. Finally, write the name of the Author in the “Search for Words or Phrases in Context” area and click the Search button.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Freud, W.E. (1968). Some General Reflections on the Metapsychological Profile. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:498-501.

(1968). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 49:498-501

Some General Reflections on the Metapsychological Profile

W. Ernest Freud

The Profile, originally drafted by Anna Freud (1962), is a method for assessment of the personality. The impetus for its creation arose largely from disappointment with the average case conference where, in the absence of a guiding systematic framework, some particularly bizarre or otherwise interesting feature, like a symptom, would engage the interest of discussants on the basis of their having seen one or more similar cases before. Other equally important aspects would remain unexplored and the whole rarely provided sound baseline data for further research.

One's first reaction to the profile (A. Freud, 1962), (1963), (1965); (Nagera and Bolland, 1965) may well be a mixture of awe for its time-consuming comprehensiveness, a recognition of familiarity with its subsections, and a decided feeling that it is probably yet another rigid form-filling procedure of which one had better steer clear.

These impressions prove more or less deceptive on closer acquaintance.

i. As regards the time it takes to make a profile, the initial impression has proved least deceptive. I would like to see spectacular progress in this area, but so far no short-cut to thinking has been found. By achieving more the profile also demands more, since it is no longer enough to dispose of cases by allocating them to diagnostic categories. The profile-maker, while being generally oriented towards feeding clinical material into the metapsychological framework of the profile is simultaneously using other dimensions to pinpoint observations and impressions.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.