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Akhtar, S. (2000). From Schisms Through Synthesis to Informed Oscillation: An Attempt at Integrating Some Diverse Aspects of Psychoanalytic Technique. Psychoanal Q., 69(2):265-288.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(2):265-288

From Schisms Through Synthesis to Informed Oscillation: An Attempt at Integrating Some Diverse Aspects of Psychoanalytic Technique

Salman Akhtar, M.D.

There exists a conceptual bifurcation at the core of psychoanalysis. It has been viewed from differing vantage points and portrayed as subsuming various dischotomies (oedipal-preoedipal, conflict-deficit, one person-two person, clasic-romantic, and so on). While each such conceptual pair has its own heuristic accompaniments, these dichotomies share a profoundly important element. They have divergent effects upon the analyst's mode of listening and the nature of his or her interventions. These and other related technical implications are the topic of this paper. With the help of three clinical vignettes and by coalescing the isolated voices of many distinguished theoreticians, the author attempts to elucidate and heal this split. This paper proposes three levels of increasingly sophisticated resolution of the technical divergence resulting from this schism. The paper recommends an informed oscillation between the two polarities of psychoanalytic technique, an oscillation that must remain in consonance with the patient's shifting ego organization. The paper concludes by highlighting the developmental bases for the proposed technical conceptualizations.

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