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Torras De Beà, E. (1990). Teoria Y Tecnica De La Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica: By Joan Coderch. Barcelona: Herder. 1987. Pp. 355.. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 17:263-265.

(1990). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 17:263-265

Teoria Y Tecnica De La Psicoterapia Psicoanalitica: By Joan Coderch. Barcelona: Herder. 1987. Pp. 355.

Review by:
Eulalia Torras De Beà

When he wrote his first book Psiquiatria Dinamica (Dynamic Psychiatry), Joan Coderch, then Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Barcelona, gave Spanish readers the benefit of his background as a psychoanalyst-psychiatrist, as he continued to do in many subsequent published papers. Now, fifteen further years of practical and teaching experience have very constructively come together in this comprehensive and well-balanced book to provide a first-class contribution to psychoanalytically oriented literature in which fundamental concepts are carefully reviewed and different phases of treatment discussed in detail.

The first of two main sections is devoted to the theoretical bases of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, beginning with a clear discussion of object relations and the influence of their organization and evolution on the foundations and structure of the personality or the internal world, which is in turn related to Freud's concept of psychic reality. The different forms of identification as the key factor in human communication are then taken up with specific reference to incorporation and introjection of the object with due attention to projective identification. There follows a short section on anxiety and the different psychoanalytical theories concerned, with special reference to persecutory and depressive anxieties as described by Klein, and the associated concept of reparation.

In the Prologue, Pere Bofill notes that psychoanalysis can only be offered to a limited number of people, while psychoanalytic psychotherapy is accessible to a much larger group and, at the same time, is clearly the preferable treatment in a significant number of cases.

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