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Cutajar, R. (1995). New Perspectives in Psychoanalysis: Roberto Cutajar, Florence, Italy. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 4(1):59-62.

(1995). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 4(1):59-62

New Perspectives in Psychoanalysis: Roberto Cutajar, Florence, Italy

Roberto Cutajar, M.D.

Truth holds as such only if we do not torment it.

(F. Dürrenmatt)

This contribution is necessarily limited by the complex nature of the theme discussed in the panel. The view of psychoanalysis of the future delimitates itself according to a joint and fragmented line of progress; the problems discussed here concern theoretical elaboration, training of psychoanalysts, as well as the technique (or techniques!) of conducting analysis.

I would like to draw your attention to the following issues:

a)   the progressive increase of psychoanalytical works dedicated to single particular aspects of clinical theory; this tendency is concomitant with the opposite one of a sharp decrease in the elaboration of omnicomprehensive theories of the human mind.

b)   the progressive increase of interest in a better definition of the therapeutic meaning of the analyst's participation in the interaction with the patient.

The discussion about the abandonment of the ideal of a neutral analyst is not new, in fact. It is, however, rare to find clinical reports that illustrate the degree of participation and contribution of the analyst in the analytical relationship.

The first issue, the tendency to abandon metapsychological theories (which often take their name from their founder), goes along with the contributing tendency to a decline of the authority principle as a criterion of a theory's validity.

It

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