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Haak, N. (1957). Comments on the Analytical Situation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:183-195.

(1957). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 38:183-195

Comments on the Analytical Situation

Nils Haak

By the word 'comments' in the title I wish to emphasize that I make no claim whatsoever to describe the analytical situation as a whole. Instead, I have selected certain features in this situation which during the course of years have seemed to me practically and therapeutically significant. I shall also refer to opinions expressed in the literature which I consider to be of value and which coincide with my own experience. Although the aspects which I intend to deal with are on the whole generally known or have been described previously, yet it has been my experience that several colleagues overlook or are unable to utilize the significance and the practical scope of a number of phenomena which as a matter of routine should be the subject of careful analytical treatment. If this is neglected, as is not unusual, the analytical results reached are often inferior to what would otherwise have been the case.

Several of the aspects to which I shall later refer have impressed themselves upon me, inter alia, during analyses of a number of cases which had been treated previously by one or several other analysts; also as a result of the fact that during the last couple of years I have controlled a relatively large number of analytic cases.

The ordinary analytical situation is as follows: a person who is suffering from difficulties, which are considered to be wholly or to a great extent of a psychological nature and which it is not or has not been possible to overcome in a simpler manner, consults a psycho-analyst, with whom he must not have any personal relations, and who holds out the prospect of the desired help.

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