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Smith, H.F. (2003). Conceptions of Conflict in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. Psychoanal Q., 72(1):49-96.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72(1):49-96

Conceptions of Conflict in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

Henry F. Smith, M.D.

There are many different views of conflict in contemporary psychoanalysis, each with its own technical implications. After reviewing the psychoanalytic origins of the concept of conflict, the author discusses the diverse positions of four North American conflict theorists, each of whom offers a different view of the location of conflict both in the mind of the patient and in the material of the clinical hour. The role of conflict in the work of several relational psychoanalysts is then examined. A tentative approach toward integration is proposed.

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