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Jacobs, T.J. (1990). The Corrective Emotional Experience — Its Place in Current Technique. Psychoanal. Inq., 10(3):433-454.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 10(3):433-454

The Corrective Emotional Experience — Its Place in Current Technique

Theodore J. Jacobs, M.D.

I would like to begin by describing an imaginary dialogue that takes place in the middle of the twenty-first century. Engaged in discussion are two graduate students in history, E. Jones, IV, who is writing a dissertation on the history of psychoanalysis in the United States and P. Gay, III, whose field is American intellectual history. They meet in the cafeteria of the University at which they are studying.


Hi, there, Jonesie. How's it going? Been undoing any repressions lately?


Not many. In fact, right now I'm so knotted up I feel like one of Freud's strangulated affects.


What's the matter?


It's the damn chapter I'm trying to write for my thesis. It's on the decade from the mid-forties to the mid-fifties. I can't figure out what on earth was going on with these analytic types.



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