Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To refine your search with the author’s first initial…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you get a large number of results after searching for an article by a specific author, you can refine your search by adding the author’s first initial. For example, try writing “Freud, S.” in the Author box of the Search Tool.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Rosenfeld, H. (1958). Contribution to the Discussion on Variations in Classical Technique. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 39:238-239.

(1958). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 39:238-239

Contribution to the Discussion on Variations in Classical Technique

H. Rosenfeld

In this discussion there have been many references, particularly by Dr. Loewenstein, to the classical technique of analysis, without its having been clearly stated what this term means. Do we mean by classical technique, the technique used by Freud forty-five years ago and described in his papers on technique? We have to remember that even forty-five years ago analysts varied considerably in their actual methods of working. I am told, for example, that Dr. Sachs was a very silent analyst, who did not interpret for weeks or sometimes months on end. Abraham, on the other hand, is known to have interpreted a great deal more than many analysts practising at the same period, and in his technique he relied predominantly on interpretations.

Dr. Eissler has proposed that the term 'classical technique of analysis' should be used for an analytic technique relying entirely on interpretations. I think this to be a very helpful definition.

Dr. Loewenstein suggested the use of modifications of technique when there is difficulty in reaching the patient by means of interpretations. But this attitude was criticized by Dr. Eissler, who showed that, at any rate in one example quoted by Dr. Loewenstein, a particular problem of a patient might well have been dealt with purely by interpretations. I agree with Dr. Eissler's criticisms because I think that some of the modifications of technique which Dr. Loewenstein uses are by-passing the patient's resistances rather than bringing them into focus.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.