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Rothstein, A. (1994). A Perspective on Doing a Consultation and Making the Recommendation of Analysis to a Prospective Analysand. Psychoanal Q., 63:680-695.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:680-695

A Perspective on Doing a Consultation and Making the Recommendation of Analysis to a Prospective Analysand

Arnold Rothstein, M.D.

ABSTRACT

This paper explores the premise that the analyst's optimistic attitude toward the efficacy of analysis significantly enhances the possibility of success in helping prospective analysands accept the recommendation of analysis. This enthusiastic attitude reflects the author's opinion that analysis is the optimal treatment, the best form of psychotherapy for most adults. From this perspective, all patients seen in consultation are regarded as analyzable; this attitude is maintained until a prospective analysand proves he/she is unanalyzable in a trial of analysis. Analytic data from six consultations conducted from this perspective are presented and discussed.

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