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Hirsch, I. (1988). The Nature of Therapeutic Action. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 69:298-299.

(1988). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 69:298-299

The Nature of Therapeutic Action

Irwin Hirsch


Blatt and Behrends (1987, 68) have written a thoughtful and original article, addressing the key question of the mutative factors in psychoanalysis. They have done a scholarly literature review of the work which concludes that interpretation is the cornerstone of analytic change. They then proceed to summarize the classical literature on the non-interpretive role of the analyst and bring their own point of view which places emphasis both on interpretation and the analytic relationship. They develop their thesis effectively and their perspective makes a significant contribution to this most crucial question.


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