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Kairys, D. (1964). The Training Analysis—A Critical Review of the Literature and a Controversial Proposal. Psychoanal Q., 33:485-512.

(1964). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 33:485-512

The Training Analysis—A Critical Review of the Literature and a Controversial Proposal

David Kairys, M.D.

SUMMARY

A number of problems calling for investigation emerge from a study of the literature on training analysis.

1. What kind of student should we select for training? Should we prefer 'normal' or 'sick' candidates: 'normality' is sometimes a façade that profoundly complicates the training analysis.

2. What should be the relation in time between formally becoming a student, starting supervised work, and the course of the training analysis? There is a range of suggestions: that the analysis be completed before admission, or that supervision begin early in analysis, late in analysis, after analysis, or during a hiatus in analysis. All these proposals merit study.

3. The problem of criteria for selection of training analysts has received no attention in print.

4. The most serious problem of all lies in the fact that the training analyst must play two incompatible roles in relation to his student-analysand: he must analyze and simultaneously be a

teacher and judge. There is general agreement in the literature that the dual function of the training analyst may seriously hamper the training analysis. Various suggestions for avoiding this difficulty have been made. The author of this paper advocates that the dilemma be resolved by separating the training analysis from the rest of analytic training.

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