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Altman, M.L. (2003). Diversity and Direction in Psychoanalytic Technique. By Fred Pine. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998, viii + 234 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 90(2):265-267.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Review, 90(2):265-267

Diversity and Direction in Psychoanalytic Technique. By Fred Pine. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998, viii + 234 pp.

Review by:
Miriam L. Altman, Ph.D.

This volume is another in a series of Fred Pine's contributions to psychoanalytic theory and technique. In this short, yet extremely well organized and cogent book, Pine further clarifies basic psychoanalytic concepts while underlining the paradoxes of psychoanalytic thought. As is always the case with Pine's work, this book is written in a lucid and easy to understand fashion. He has mastered the fine art of making truly difficult ideas very readable while at the same time never overly simplifying or minimizing their complexity.

Pine explores and elaborates on the influence of other theorists (starting with Freud) and the manner in which he has personally integrated and made use of their thinking. He reviews his four psychologies of psychoanalysis (drive, ego, object relations, and self experience), first published in 1985. He devotes a section of this work to a discussion of his position on the use of the developmental perspective in adult treatment and presents a brief review of varying technical approaches, well illustrated with clinical material.

In the same fashion that he has integrated complex and diverse theoretical material, Pine is able in his clinical illustrations to show how he has absorbed different theoretical positions, without either watering down or blurring them. He technically implements, as needed, varying points of view. Pine, like many sophisticated psychoanalytic practitioners, studies and questions diverse theoretical perspectives, works them through, and makes them his own.

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