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(1967). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Criteria and Technique for the Termination of Analysis. S. Nacht. Pp. 107-116.. Psychoanal Q., 36:315.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Criteria and Technique for the Termination of Analysis. S. Nacht. Pp. 107-116.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:315

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965: Criteria and Technique for the Termination of Analysis. S. Nacht. Pp. 107-116.

A time comes in every case when the attitude of benevolent neutrality becomes gradually more harmful than helpful and may prevent liquidation of the transference. It must be replaced by a new 'presence' (a 'deep-down goodness' described in previous papers), felt as well as shown, which the patient may confront, identify with if necessary, and measure himself against. It may include sitting face-to-face and the spacing out of interviews, and it will involve brief interpretations directed more and more toward behavior external to the analysis and less and less toward the closed world of the analysis and the relationship to the analyst. In cases very traumatized by life it may include an increase in length and frequency of interviews for a while and a compassion for the misery that underlies the patient's incessant and outrageous aggression. For all of this the analyst must be basically 'good' if the patient is to succeed in cathecting him as a 'good object'.

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(1967). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLVI, 1965. Psychoanal. Q., 36:315

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