Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To share an article on social media…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you find an article or content on PEP-Web interesting, you can share it with others using the Social Media Button at the bottom of every page.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Modell, A. (1994). Common Ground or Divided Ground?. Psychoanal. Inq., 14(2):201-211.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 14(2):201-211

Common Ground or Divided Ground?

Arnold Modell, M.D.

We are all aware of the fragile health of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It is now over 50 years since Freud's death, and the comprehensive general theory that was Freud's creation has become fragmented. Analytic theory today comes in many versions: classical or neoclassical, object relations, self psychology, interpersonal, Kleinian, Lacanian, and so forth. Taken individually, each of these theories is flawed in its own particular way. Added to this difficulty are the fundamental disagreements regarding the epistemological status of psychoanalysis-whether psychoanalysis represents a kind of applied philosophy, a hermeneutic discipline, or an embryonic and somewhat muddled science.

In a certain sense there is no such thing as a psychoanalytic theory that is accepted by a majority of psychoanalysts. Instead, each analyst accepts those portions of Freud's theory and those of others with which he or she personally resonates. Instead of a central paradigm there is a diverse collection of theories held by individuals. To deal with the flaws in these individual theories and their incompatibility with each other, Pine has, it seems to me, used a very sophisticated strategy.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.