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Rickman, J. (1957). III. Discussion on Lay-Analysis (1927). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 52(1):26-31.

(1957). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 52(1):26-31

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John Rickman, M.D.

1.   Terms of reference

2.   The requirements of analytic work

3.   General educational principles

4.   Legal aspects

5.   Administrative

6.   General considerations

1. Terms of Reference

i)   To enquire what pre-analytical educational standard should be required: and

ii)  What administrative measures will be needed if lay-analysis is to become a recognized professional activity.

2. The Requirements of Analytic Work

Analysis is at bottom a technique by which the analyst is able to investigate the mind of another person (by means of a modified introspection) and the patient to perceive, and so to control forces operating in himself which were formerly inaccessible to his consciousness. The difference between the two people lies in the superior power of the former to set aside resistances and to operate with smaller quantities of cathexis: the aim of the analysis is to give to the patient in this respect the capacities of his analyst.

The aim in the education of the analyst is two-fold, first, to overcome his own resistances (this requires a personal analysis), and secondly, to develop his power to perceive the relations between objects existing in the outer and inner world respectively, i.e. first, to remove a libidinal inhibition, and secondly, to develop the capacity of an ego- (intellectual) instinct.

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