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Weiss, F.A. (2015). What is Effective in the Therapeutic Process? A Round-Table Discussion. Am. J. Psychoanal., 75(2):194-203.

(2015). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75(2):194-203

What is Effective in the Therapeutic Process? A Round-Table Discussion Related Papers

Frederick A. Weiss, M.D.

In his contribution to the 1956 Roundtable Discussions, Weiss considers the seeming gap between scientific progress and therapeutic effectiveness. He points to the splits that affect psychoanalysis — the split between soma and psyche and the split between science and humanism. He is concerned of losing the patient and the existential richness of human life, while being caught up in conflicting theories. Weiss is a proponent of a holistic and dynamic concept of human nature, in which the person is seen as a complex bio-psycho-social individual. In his view, the goal of treatment is helping the patient find his way to self-realization and the doctor—patient relationship is paramount in this process. Weiss emphasizes the therapist's ability to enter the “inner world” of the patient, and to provide the experience of acceptance, which can allow for repression to be lifted and for discovering his own emotional insights, which leads to reintegrating repressed and rejected aspects of the self and makes self-realization possible.

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