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Bürgin, D. (2017). Psychoanalysen, die ihre Zeit brauchen [Psychoanalyses That Take Their Time] Edited by Peter Wegner and Heinz Henseler Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt a.M., 4th edition, 2013; 356 pp; €39.90. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(2):554-556.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(2):554-556

Psychoanalysen, die ihre Zeit brauchen [Psychoanalyses That Take Their Time] Edited by Peter Wegner and Heinz Henseler Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt a.M., 4th edition, 2013; 356 pp; €39.90

Review by:
Dieter Bürgin

This book aspires to demonstrate the therapeutic effectiveness of long-term analytical psychotherapy using a sizeable number of case examples. It is intended to provide an intensive insight - one not customarily accessible to many people - into psychoanalytical work. Indeed, the spectrum of psychoanalytically oriented individual therapies ranges from a handful of conversations to a high-frequency regime lasting several years. The fascinating thing about this is to follow the interaction of symptoms, character structures and the functioning of resistance, interpretation and insight. In clearly analytical fashion, contrasting with the classically medical view, it is presumed that mental symptoms are primarily not just a sign of illness but essentially embody the attempt to overcome an inner emotional conflict and represent a kind of attempt at self-healing. Twelve case descriptions of high-frequency psychoanalytical treatments, which for reasons of discretion and data protection have been made unrecognizable and thus cannot be attributed to individual analysts either, enable one to comprehend how a psychoanalytical process develops and the outcomes to which it leads. Any data that might have allowed patients to be identified have been altered, but only so as not to alter the relevant psychodynamic contexts for practical purposes.

Twenty-five non-systematically selected analysts of both sexes from the German Psychoanalytical Association (DPV) were approached in writing; of the

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