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Bornstein, R.F. (2002). The Impending Death of Psychoanalysis: From Destructive Obfuscation to Constructive Dialogue. Psychoanal. Psychol., 19(3):580-590.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 19(3):580-590

The Impending Death of Psychoanalysis: From Destructive Obfuscation to Constructive Dialogue

Robert F. Bornstein, Ph.D.

The disconnection between psychoanalysis and mainstream psychology has reached the point that the long-term health of psychoanalytic theory is in serious jeopardy. “The Impending Death of Psychoanalysis(Bornstein, 2001) was intended as a wake-up call to the author's psychoanalytic colleagues who choose not to use relevant research findings from within and outside the discipline in their theoretical and clinical work. However, some of those who responded to the article misperceived it as an attack on psychoanalysis. This article points out factual errors in the responses of these critics, corrects some of the distortions and misrepresentations that characterize their critiques, and places the debate within an appropriate historical context.

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