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Ekstein, R. (1950). Trial Analysis in the Therapeutic Process. Psychoanal Q., 19:52-63.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:52-63

Trial Analysis in the Therapeutic Process

Rudolf Ekstein, Ph.D.


The use of trial analysis as discussed in this paper is really an experiment. It stems from the conviction that the analysand must be helped to find out what he wants, if and why he wants analysis, and must be helped to come to a decision. It is his right to participate in this decision. Such a decision can only be made in a more than intellectual way if trial analysis is used dynamically. This procedure may prove generally as useful as it has been in two cases cited, and deserves the attention of those responsible for training. The author feels inclined also to assume that some of the aspects of trial analysis

which have been mentioned in reference to training analysis are applicable to therapeutic analysis as well.

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