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Horowitz, M.H. (1987). Some Notes on Insight and its Failures. Psychoanal Q., 56:177-196.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:177-196

Some Notes on Insight and its Failures

Milton H. Horowitz, M.D.


Many patients who had been in a prior psychoanalysis or psychotherapy have a view that "insight" has not been useful to them. The previous treatment has often been condensed into a screen memory serving a variety of functions. An attempt is made in this paper to explore problems of the effectiveness of insight and its relation to a range of ego functions, transference issues, and related fantasy systems.

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