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Opdal, L.C. (2001). Timing — the time for intervention. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 24(2):101-111.

(2001). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 24(2):101-111

Timing — the time for intervention

Lars Christian Opdal

In this paper, Freud's recommendations regarding the timing of interventions are reviewed, especially the work of pointing out and interpreting resistance-phenomena. This is compared to recent development in psychoanalytic technique. Interventions, their timing and effect are illustrated by clinical material from three psychoanalyses. The possibility of integrating the different recommendations is discussed. An overall experience is that the most demanding work is that of making resistance-phenomena observable for both parties in the analytic situation. It is demonstrated how this precondition can be developed through the analyst's experience of the interaction, and thus give the time for intervention

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