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(1962). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IX, 1961: Reconstruction and Theory Formation. Rudolf Ekstein and Leo Rangell. Pp. 684-697.. Psychoanal Q., 31:424-425.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IX, 1961: Reconstruction and Theory Formation. Rudolf Ekstein and Leo Rangell. Pp. 684-697.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:424-425

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IX, 1961: Reconstruction and Theory Formation. Rudolf Ekstein and Leo Rangell. Pp. 684-697.

Reconstructions link the present material with the many fragments of the patient's past history which are amassed during treatment. Early in the history of psychoanalytic technique, reconstructions were concerned mainly with the rediscovery of certain childhood events; later efforts at reconstructions aimed at establishing genetic patterns, theories of development, and theories concerning the nature of the psychic apparatus and the early mental functioning. Interest then turned to the preverbal life of the patient, including, in addition to his conflicts, the nature of his psychic functions and the precursors to the psychic apparatus. The authors observed that the reconstructions pertaining to the earlier preverbal period are not as reliable and verifiable as those pertaining to Oedipal development and to the latency period. However, careful observation and understanding

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of gestures, postures, affective and psychosomatic responses, and of the different forms of acting out and play-acting in children aid in reconstructions concerning this early period. They warn that one must be careful that these reconstructions are not based only on partial insight and theories which are geared to technical purposes.

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(1962). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IX, 1961. Psychoanal. Q., 31:424-425

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