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Schlessinger, N. (1989). Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories, Vol. 2: Edited by Joseph Masling. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1986. 266 PP. Psychoanal Q., 58:156-160.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:156-160

Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories, Vol. 2: Edited by Joseph Masling. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1986. 266 PP

Review by:
Nathan Schlessinger

This volume professes to present the best and most current experimental studies on psychoanalytic theory. In the preface, the editor sets forth the scientific indictment of clinical psychoanalysis as an enterprise. He quotes Robert Holt to the effect that the uncontrolled case study method is devoid of scientific value, except as a source of hypotheses. As a sympathetic supporter of psychoanalytic theory, he seeks to utilize "empirical" research for the validation of psychoanalytic ideas, the clarification of psychoanalytic processes, and the correction of theory where it is flawed and inadequate. Such a view of the problems and their potential solutions deserves consideration as to its merits as one examines the contents of the volume.

Joseph Weiss and Harold Sampson offer an interesting contribution on testing alternative psychoanalytic explanations.

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