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Gibeault, A. (2002). The analytic process in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: From the interpersonal to the intrapsychic level. J. Anal. Psychol., 47(2):143-162.

(2002). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47(2):143-162

The analytic process in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy: From the interpersonal to the intrapsychic level

Alain Gibeault, Ph.D.

Translated by:
Philip Slotkin

The current debate over the conflicting interpersonal and intrapsychic views of the analytic process may or may not help us to distinguish between psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy. A comparison of psychoanalysis in the English-speaking world - especially in the United States - with French psychoanalysis reveals the features that unite and at the same time divide these different psychoanalytical tendencies, both of which are the heirs to Freud's thought, in terms, in particular, of the setting (couch and chair) and of technique (interpretation, transference analysis and technical neutrality). Whereas all psychoanalytic work belongs within the framework of an interpersonal relationship, that relationship becomes meaningful only when linked to the intrapsychic dimension, which alone can open the way to the unconscious and to infantile sexuality.

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