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Cooper, S.H. (1995). Steven Cooper Responds. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 43:650-651.

(1995). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 43:650-651

Steven Cooper Responds

Steven H. Cooper

October 27, 1993

Dr. Rubovits-Seitz is quite correct that my statement that Freud “always” emphasized the hypothetical nature of clinical interpretation provides an incomplete impression of Freud's stance regarding interpretation. He has attempted to clarify this picture by tracing the evolution of Freud's statements regarding the analyst's interpretive fallibility. However, he does not seem to weigh more heavily the positions Freud articulated toward the end of his life. Further, while Rubovits-Seitz is correct in emphasizing Freud's continual attempts to provide psychoanalysis with a positivist-empirical methodology, he minimizes Freud's efforts, in both “Analysis Terminable and Interminable” and “Constructions in Analysis,” to examine the patient's voice as a factor in confirming the analyst's interpretations and constructions. I would include under the rubric of the analyst's fallibility the analyst's interest and reliance on the patient's utterances as a source of evidence about whether we have been right or wrong in the constructions we have put forth.

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