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Abrams, S. (1980). Therapeutic Action and Ways of Knowing. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 28:291-307.

(1980). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 28:291-307

Therapeutic Action and Ways of Knowing

Samuel Abrams, M.D.


I have tried to do three things: To propose a working hypothesis to conceptualize the action of the psychoanalytic process in children; in the hypothesis such action is linked to changes in ways of knowing; to offer the beginning of an outline of the steps in the developmental sequences of knowing in childhood; and to demonstrate the applicability of the working-hypothesis and the

sequence in development by way of a clinical case illustration.

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