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(1977). Revista De Psicoanálisis. XXXIII, 1976: Changes in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis. David Liberman. Pp. 421-438.. Psychoanal Q., 46:548-549.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revista De Psicoanálisis. XXXIII, 1976: Changes in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis. David Liberman. Pp. 421-438.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:548-549

Revista De Psicoanálisis. XXXIII, 1976: Changes in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis. David Liberman. Pp. 421-438.

Liberman uses communication theory, as well as other auxiliary sciences, to study changes in psychoanalytic theory. He uses two metaphorical images chosen by Freud to illustrate the nature of analytic communication, the telephone and the chess game, to conclude that psychoanalysis has a second investigative task, the analytic dialogue and the study of psychoanalytic processes. The first task, although it is not specifically defined, must refer to the study of the unconscious. The

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author believes there has been a change in the analytic population. The analysands, who consider themselves ill and view the analytic experience as medical help, are disappearing and being replaced by what Liberman calls "quasicolleagues." These patients regard the psychoanalytic process as another in gredient for their narcissistic structure and perverse activities. The author emphasizes the importance of the fundamental analytic rule in dealing with these formidable characterological defenses. Liberman's views on a changing type of psychoanalytic patient may reflect the nature of his own professional experience, rather than being a generalized phenomenon.

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(1977). Revista De Psicoanálisis. XXXIII, 1976. Psychoanal. Q., 46:548-549

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