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Myerson, P.G. (1981). The Nature of the Transactions that Enhance the Progressive Phases of a Psychoanalysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 62:91-103.

(1981). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 62:91-103

The Nature of the Transactions that Enhance the Progressive Phases of a Psychoanalysis

Paul G. Myerson


The nature of the analysand's progressive responses to interpretative statements is discussed. Emphasis is placed upon two types of verbal transactions. In the first, the analyst encourages or challenges the analysand to take the risk of intentionally elaborating language to answer the question of what it is he is experiencing, the 'what' representing the language which denotes the 'it' of archaic, unarticulated experiences of desire and anger. In the second, the analyst suggests a new, more flexible, broader causal sequence or context for events, one that links the events of desire and anger with prior and subsequent events, using conjunctives such as 'because' to make these links. There is an interdependence between the two types of transactions but the first is considered to be the more significant in effecting meaningful changes in neurotic individuals.

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