Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To see translations of Freud SE or GW…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

When you hover your mouse over a paragraph of the Standard Edition (SE) long enough, the corresponding text from Gesammelte Werke slides from the bottom of the PEP-Web window, and vice versa.

If the slide up window bothers you, you can turn it off by checking the box “Turn off Translations” in the slide-up. But if you’ve turned it off, how do you turn it back on? The option to turn off the translations only is effective for the current session (it uses a stored cookie in your browser). So the easiest way to turn it back on again is to close your browser (all open windows), and reopen it.

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

Waldhorn, H.F. (1960). Assessment of Analyzability: Technical and Theoretical Observations. Psychoanal Q., 29:478-506.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:478-506

Assessment of Analyzability: Technical and Theoretical Observations

Herbert F. Waldhorn, M.D.

The technical problems of assessing analyzability and the related theoretical problems of establishing specific criteria of analyzability have commanded increasing attention in recent years. This problem has been sharpened by the difficulties encountered by intake committees of the various treatment centers and analytic clinics in dealing with the increased demand for therapy. Similar questions are involved in the task of assigning suitable patients for supervised analysis, and many of these considerations also bear upon selection of candidates for analytic training. While there are many references in the literature to the wide variety of clinical and theoretical phenomena believed to be relevant to these questions, no integrated discussion of these problems seems now available.

In reviewing the literature on this subject, one is struck by the necessity for bearing in mind the historical evolution and maturation of psychoanalytic theory and technique. In the early years indications for analysis often ranged from what we still know to be sound to the bizarre and trivial. Within the theoretical framework of that time, a great deal that was considered proper analytic technique included such nonanalytic interventions as direct suggestion and manipulation of transference. Inadequate understanding of the full interplay between analyst and patient led to many misvaluations of clinical experience and, accordingly, to many contributions to the literature, the signifiance and relevance of which are difficult to assess.

Freud referred to the question of analyzability in a number of papers written between 1904 and 1924.

[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 © 2021, 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.