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Oremland, J.D. Blacker, K.H. Norman, H.F. (1975). Incompleteness in "Successful" Psychoanalyses: A Follow-Up Study. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 23:819-844.

(1975). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 23:819-844

Incompleteness in "Successful" Psychoanalyses: A Follow-Up Study

Jerome D. Oremland, M.D., K. H. Blacker, M.D. and Haskell F. Norman, M.D.


In the course of studying various aspects of patients' responses to and experiences following analysis, two cases who had had "successful" analyses, when called back two years following termination for follow-up interviews, provided unusually clear information about incompleteness. In one case, an aspect of reality joined a transference resistance as a specific kind of "reality resistance." In the other case, the continuing partially analyzed quest to live out the transference fantasy was described by the patient as it was experienced during the analysis and "maintained" postanalytically. At termination, the postanalytic course, the subsequent self-analytic attempts, and the eventual manner in which each presented himself for further treatment are evaluated in terms of the specific kind of incompleteness.

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