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Gargiulo, G.J. (2007). Reflections on a Profession: What's in a Name?. Psychoanal. Psychol., 24(3):503-506.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(3):503-506

Reflections on a Profession: What's in a Name?

Gerald J. Gargiulo, Ph.D.

A profession's self-identifying label has a normative effect on its practitioners. This article briefly explores the consequences of the term psychoanalyst and discusses some of the inherent contradictions in its use in clinical practice. The need for human beings to talk to and to listen to each other is explored, and the import for both participants is discussed and placed within an historical context.

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