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Freedman, N. (1985). The Concept of Transformation in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Psychol., 2(4):317-339.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2(4):317-339

The Concept of Transformation in Psychoanalysis

Norbert Freedman, Ph.D.

Transformation is viewed as the essential process of structure building. This article delineates levels of meaning organization that undergo alteration and move increasingly toward higher levels of symbolization. The transition from each stage of mental organization involves a dialectic conflict leading to recorganization at a higher level. This general thesis is illustrated by clinical material, reference to the literature, and a body of research data.

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