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Busch, F. (1994). Some Ambiguities in the Method of Free Association and their Implications for Technique. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:363-384.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:363-384

Some Ambiguities in the Method of Free Association and their Implications for Technique

Fred Busch, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT

The method of free association, rooted in the topographic model, has not been clearly defined in structural terms. Little changed since Freud; the method is geared toward overcoming rather than investigating resistances. Furthermore, it is designed to discourage rather than encourage self-analysis. This seems to be another example of a "developmental lag" in adapting the psychology of the ego to clinical technique.

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