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Peebles-Kleiger, M.J. Horwitz, L. Kleiger, J.H. Waugaman, R.M. (2006). Psychological Testing and Analyzability: Breathing New Life Into an Old Issue. Psychoanal. Psychol., 23(3):504-526.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 23(3):504-526

Psychological Testing and Analyzability: Breathing New Life Into an Old Issue

Mary Jo Peebles-Kleiger, Ph.D., Leonard Horwitz, Ph.D., James H. Kleiger, PsyD and Richard M. Waugaman, M.D.

The construct of analyzability (i.e., selecting for psychoanalysis) has been with us for 101 years. It has been extensively discussed and extensively debated. Most recently, it has been proposed that the construct has expired, due to the shrinking pool of people interested in undergoing psychoanalysis and the expanding meaning of what psychoanalysis is. The present authors briefly summarize the life and near-death of the construct, and suggest resuscitation, but only with revamping. More specifically, we insist that thoughtful treatment planning is always essential for focus, safety, and effectiveness of any treatment, including psychoanalysis. If we transition to a paradigm of “mapping” the patient's structural strengths and weaknesses, via a particular approach to psychological testing outlined in this article, we pay respect to the unpredictable and complex array of shiftings, moment-to-moment, within the psychoanalytic relational encounter, and thereby offer the analyst a chance at foresight that is relevant, intelligent, and attuned.

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