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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Interpretation of Psychic Reality. Jean Begoin. Pp. 1003-1021.. Psychoanal Q., 56:597.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Interpretation of Psychic Reality. Jean Begoin. Pp. 1003-1021.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:597

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982: The Interpretation of Psychic Reality. Jean Begoin. Pp. 1003-1021.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

By now, Freud's contributions to technique represent necessary, rigorous, and well-established discoveries. Perhaps the most important problem is not so much to sort out today's different theoretical currents as to become more deeply aware of those elements that are most favorable to the establishment and evolution of the analytic process. The problem becomes a question of interpreting or not, and many analysts, especially beginners, hesitate and, wanting to avoid being "intrusive," become overly prudent. But what is an intrusive interpretation? For Begoin, it is one given without tact or with violence, or one which concerns material that has not been expressed clearly enough by the patient to enable him to grasp the connection the analyst is trying to establish. Most of all, an interpretation that does not refer to the manifest or latent anxiety in the transference can only be termed intrusive. Analytic technique is essentially the science and art of interpreting psychic reality, but it is tightly linked to the countertransference of the analyst. There is a need to differentiate abstinence from frustration, although Freud too hastily equated them. The patient has the right to expect that the analyst will be capable of aiding him in containing and in elaborating the psychic suffering inherent in the frustrations of the analytic setting. It is not the analyst's role to impose more frustrations beyond those inherent in the setting.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1987). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVI, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 56:597

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