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Arlow, J.A. (1987). The Dynamics of Interpretation. Psychoanal Q., 56:68-87.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:68-87

The Dynamics of Interpretation

Jacob A. Arlow, M.D.


The patient's productions are a dynamic record of the conflicts of the past as they are recapitulated and re-experienced in the present. Much can be learned by closely studying the immediate effect of the analyst's interventions. Interpretation, especially of transference phenomena, will upset the equilibrium which has been effected and will enable the patient to understand how unconscious fantasies from the past continue to influence his perception and reactions in the present. Interpretation is a continuing process, unfolding in logical sequence. Transference may be an expression of the patient's resistance to recognizing an unconscious wish toward the original object.

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