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Curtis, H.C. (1992). Psychoanalytic Ecumenism and Varieties of Psychoanalytic Experience. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:643-663.

(1992). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 40:643-663

Psychoanalytic Ecumenism and Varieties of Psychoanalytic Experience

Homer C. Curtis, M.D.


Using the metaphor of ecumenism, the current status of psychoanalysis and the American Psychoanalytic Association is examined. The dialectical tendencies to oppose and to unify are noted in psychoanalytic theory, technique, and practice, as well as in the administrative and political life of our organization. Fostering tolerance for new hypotheses without sacrificing empirical discrimination, and promoting broad participation without lowering standards confront us as major tasks demanding continuing vigilance and effort.

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