Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To open articles without exiting the current webpage…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

To open articles without exiting your current search or webpage, press Ctrl + Left Mouse Button while hovering over the desired link. It will open in a new Tab in your internet browser.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Richards, A.D. (1993). The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 17. Edited by Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1989, 357 pp., $36.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:878-883.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:878-883

The Annual of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 17. Edited by Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1989, 357 pp., $36.00.

Review by:
Arnold D. Richards, M.D.

This volume is devoted primarily to interdisciplinary papers. Some of the best contributions are written by scholars with backgrounds in disciplines outside psychoanalysis—sociology, religion, academic psychology—who use psychoanalytic ideas or reflect on psychoanalytic concepts. The three most outstanding papers are by Edwin Wallace, an analyst with a background in history; Nancy Chodorow, an analytic candidate and professor of sociology; and E. Virginia Demos, director of the Program of Counseling and Consulting Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As their contributions would not likely find a home in the major analytic quarterlies, we can once again appreciate the very important role of the Annual as an outlet for provocative, thoughtful, and stimulating discussions.

In the first section, "Theoretical Studies," John Gedo presents the position, elaborated in his recent books, that many different kinds of transferences, "referable to all phases of early development," are relived in the analytic situation. Gedo notes that "analytic technique has always involved shifts from interpreting either to confining our activities to the role of the empathic witness or to more active measures designed to lend patients psychological expertise." Analytic success, he argues, is contingent on the development of a "shared language between the participants." In every analysis we make choices about how we "encode our messages," and these must affect the analysand's experience of the treatment situation.

Edwin Wallace offers a more ambitious and ultimately more interesting discussion of epistemology. Wallace sets out to develop axioms and propositions for "a phenomenological and minimally theoretical psychoanalysis" (p. 8).

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.