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Rowley, J.L. (1951). Rumpelstilzkin in the Analytical Situation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:190-195.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:190-195

Rumpelstilzkin in the Analytical Situation

Julius L. Rowley


Clinical material is presented in which occurred the naming of a patient by the analyst. The meaning of this naming to the patient is discussed and linked to the general purpose of psycho-analysis: a making known of the unknown, a revealing and naming of the unknown.

An attempt is made to understand the mode of discovering the unknown. The technique in this case was further linked to a basic pattern of behaviour of the patient, this very pattern being responded to in a certain way and the effect utilized to discover the patient's conflicts. The possible importance of different ways of handling the demands a patient may make on the analyst is touched upon.

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