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Sugarman, A. Wilson, A. (1995). Introduction to the Section: Contemporary Structural Analysts Critique Relational Theories. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(1):1-8.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(1):1-8

Special Section: Contemporary Structural Psychoanalysis and Relational Psychoanalysis

Introduction to the Section: Contemporary Structural Analysts Critique Relational Theories

Alan Sugarman, Ph.D. and Arnold Wilson, Ph.D.

Over the last few years, a number of analysts have published searching and thoughtful examinations of psychoanalysis as it is conceived and practiced that have questioned many of the time-honored tenets of classical analysis. Such challenges have come from many quarters, both from within and without the classical point of view. The authors in this issue of Psychoanalytic Psychology respond to one such call to reexamine some clinical ideas: namely, that of relational psychoanalysis. In response to the relational challenge—and in general marshalling a constructive critique of any position—we view it as a given that one must think in opposition to what is already said and understood to move ahead and rise above the preexisting sense of things. The resulting critical dialogue then clears the path for a deeper understanding of the key underlying concerns.

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