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Rothstein, A. (1985). Appendix: The Spontaneous Discussion. Models of the Mind: Their Relationships to Clinical Work, 137-148.

Rothstein, A. (1985). Appendix: The Spontaneous Discussion. Models of the Mind: Their Relationships to Clinical Work , 137-148

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Arnold Rothstein, M.D.

This chapter is similar to a panel report in that it summarizes the spontaneous discussion that was a central aspect of the workshop. The discussion consisted of statements concerning psychoanalytic theory and its development and more clinically focused statements about the data presented.

All the panelists conceived of their theories as arising in relationship to, out of, and/or in response to Freud's revolutionary and pioneering accomplishments. They differed somewhat in how they conceived of the post-Freudian process of the development of psychoanalytic theory and in their views of the appropriate strategies for the current and future development of psychoanalysis.

The primarily facilitating participants, Drs. Cooper, Roth-stein, and Sandler, as well as the panel chairmen all espoused some version of an evolutionary conception of the development of psychoanalytic theory.

Dr. Cooper reiterated his view that Freud was the only truly revolutionary psychoanalyst. In that regard Cooper conceives of subsequent psychoanalytic creators as proposing a model in the narrow sense or a “concrete puzzle solution” to deal with a particular problem. Cooper emphasized that each limited problem-solving hypothesis then expanded into a general theory of the mind hypothesizing a unifactorial “first causeconception of development, pathogenesis, and mode of therapeutic action.

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