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Axelrod, S.D. (2015). A Historical Reprise: Some Observations on Progress in Psychoanalysis. Am. J. Psychoanal., 75(2):134-138.

(2015). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75(2):134-138

A Historical Reprise: Some Observations on Progress in Psychoanalysis

Steven D. Axelrod, Ph.D.

The papers from the American Journal of Psychoanalysis 1956 and 1965 roundtables on what is effective in the therapeutic process are viewed through the lens of psychoanalysis' evolution over the past 50-60 years. With the passage of time, the contributions of the Interpersonal School to mainstream psychoanalysis have become clearer, especially with respect to mutative factors in the patient-analyst relationship. These papers from the 50s and 60s are also products of the internecine battles of the time, in which the different schools of psychoanalysis tried to claim absolute truth and assert hegemony in the field. The author argues that real progress in psychoanalysis has occurred through research and clinical/theoretical discovery, yielding an informed pluralism that mirrors the diversity and complexity of our work with patients.

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