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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: A Historical Sketch of the Use and Disuse of Reconstruction. Phyllis Greenacre. Pp. 35-40.. Psychoanal Q., 52:309-310.
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(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:309-310

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: A Historical Sketch of the Use and Disuse of Reconstruction. Phyllis Greenacre. Pp. 35-40.

H. Robert Blank

In recent years reconstruction seems to have almost completely dropped out of the psychoanalytic literature. Reconstruction initially gained status in our vocabulary probably as a result of the disruption of the original theory of the traumatic basis of neurosis and of the fact that the cathartic method of treatment had proved inadequate. With the publication of Freud's metapsychology papers, which were enthusiastically received by analysts, the importance of trauma, the traumatic theory of neurosis and reconstruction, was minimized and remained less important for decades, even though Freud, in one of his last papers in 1937, clearly indicated the value of assessing the role of trauma and the use of reconstruction. He had not abandoned reconstruction as of basic importance in analytic technique, and he underlined this position in a postscript to Moses

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and Monotheism in 1939. Greenacre believes that reconstruction is the cornerstone of psychoanalytic practice, understanding, and research and that screen memories—of marginal importance to many analysts—form the fundamental skeleton of reconstructive methods.

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Article Citation

Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 52:309-310

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