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Simenauer, E. (1983). Some Aspects of Training Analysis. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 10:145-157.

(1983). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 10:145-157

Some Aspects of Training Analysis

Erich Simenauer


Training analysis—today.

Contrary to the generally accepted opinion that the training analysis ought to be identical with conventional analysis, structural differences between the two exist, which have a bearing on technical procedure. This investigation concerns itself above all with problems arising from the pressing wish of the student to get didactic instructions rather than a thorough understanding of, and treatment for, his neurosis. Difficulties in the transference ensue from this, and these are seen as analogous to the resulting embarrassment in the analyst. In this context splittings of transference and their consequences are discussed.

In view of decisive modifications of the technique in the analytical procedure brought about by diversified dissident opinions, the discourse makes it abundantly clear throughout that with every consideration of didactic and therapeutic aspects goes the need for a just apportioning to these two modes, according to the merits of each turn in the analytical situation.

This discussion is burdened further by ever-changing transference and countertransference phenomena as these oscillations unfold.

Finally, the particular aspects of identification of the student with the analyst are discussed with special reference to the identifications, not only with the person of the teacher but with his function and the methods employed in the analysis. These must be made transparent to the candidate, as tools for his future professional competence.

Adaptive ego-identifications with an alert and circumspect training analyst are apt to enhance the ego-strength of the candidate, which is in itself an important goal of psychoanalytic training.

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