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Silverberg, W.V. (2015). What Leads to Basic Change in Psychoanalytic Therapy? A round Table Discussion. Am. J. Psychoanal., 75(2):226-230.

(2015). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75(2):226-230

What Leads to Basic Change in Psychoanalytic Therapy? A round Table Discussion

William V. Silverberg, M.D.

At the Round Table discussion William V. Silverberg speculated that insight and experience in the interaction between patient and therapist are two main factors in change in psychoanalytic therapy. The two factors work hand in hand, according to Silverberg. Insight contributes to the uncovering of the existence of unconsciously held convictions and “life experience” is the trust that develops between patient and therapist, helped by the good will of the analyst. Silverberg calls this the “silent” aspect of psychoanalysis. The trustworthiness of the therapist serves to confirm the new insight and to enable the patient to act upon it. Insight is an understanding, experienced in the process of dealing in new ways with old situations.

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