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Sandler, J. Sandler, A. (1984). The Past Unconscious, the Present Unconscious, and Interpretation of the Transference. Psychoanal. Inq., 4(3):367-399.

(1984). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 4(3):367-399

The Past Unconscious, the Present Unconscious, and Interpretation of the Transference

Joseph Sandler, Ph.D., M.D. and Anne-Marie Sandler, Lic. es Sc.

Merton gill's capacity to focus on critical issues in psychoanalysis is generally acknowledged to be outstanding. While earlier he was perhaps most renowned for his contributions in various areas of psychoanalytic psychology, he has more recently turned his full attention to one of the most fundamental aspects of psychoanalytic technique — the analysis of the transference. The views expounded in the two recent monograph volumes (Gill, 1982; Gill & Hoffman, 1982) elaborate a very special technical stance which had been adumbrated in a number of earlier publications (see Gill & Muslin, 1976; Gill, 1979).

Gill's emphasis on the need to listen for transference manifestations from the very beginning of an analysis and to give priority to the interpretation of these in the here-and-now of the analysis, is clear-cut.

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