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Ledermann, R. (1977). Kirsch, T. B. (Palo Alto). ‘The practice of multiple analyses in analytical psychology’. Contemp. Psychoanal., 12, 2 (1976).. J. Anal. Psychol., 22(3):275.

(1977). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 22(3):275

Kirsch, T. B. (Palo Alto). ‘The practice of multiple analyses in analytical psychology’. Contemp. Psychoanal., 12, 2 (1976).

Review by:
Rushi Ledermann

The author reopens the question discussed in our Journal (7, 1) of whether it be desirable for a trainee to have more than one analyst simultaneously or ‘in a serial fashion’. Kirsch discusses various reasons for advocating two analysts of opposite sex and psychological type, as in his opinion ‘one analyst only constellates one aspect of the unconscious’.

He sees Jungian analysts divided into three groups: (1) ‘orthodox Jungians (who) work almost exclusively with dreams’. This group makes most use of multiple analysis. ‘When the transference is interpreted … the transpersonal aspects of the analysis … can be transferred to another analyst more readily’; (2) ‘Analytical psychologists who give the transference … the all-important place in their interpretative work’ and hold that ‘multiple analysis would dilute the transference’; (3) ‘A central group which combines transference interpretation and dream interpretation without regarding the latter only from the point of view of transference.’ For this group the author considers multiple analysis as one of many possible methods. Kirsch states that the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich and the Institute in New York use multiple analysis, that the San Francisco training uses it at times and that the London society does not favour it.

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