Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To refine your search with the author’s first initial…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you get a large number of results after searching for an article by a specific author, you can refine your search by adding the author’s first initial. For example, try writing “Freud, S.” in the Author box of the Search Tool.

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

Ray, M.H. (1971). I'm Glad I was Analyzed. Pefronella Fox. London and New York: Pergamon Press, 1968. xi+141 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 58(3):489.
  

(1971). Psychoanalytic Review, 58(3):489

I'm Glad I was Analyzed. Pefronella Fox. London and New York: Pergamon Press, 1968. xi+141 pp.

Review by:
Margaret H. Ray

This small volume is in two parts, the first being an abbreviated account of the author's personal analysis. The purpose of the book is to alleviate some of the anxiety and suspicion of those about to enter analysis, or those who may be considering it. Her analysis deals in part with some of her motives for becoming an analyst and infers that other analysts may have similar motives. However, the greater part is concerned with her progress in analysis, and by means of quotations of interchanges between herself and her analyst she describes the process of analysis in unremarkable terms. It is almost “light” reading, reassuring—the author's stated purpose being to “whet the appetite” of the reader to pursue more of the insights through his own self-explorations.

The second half of the book describes and explains some basic psychoanalytic principles, sketches the course of normal development and illustrates the dynamic nature of the first year of life and its relevance for later development and for “health” or “neurosis” or “psychosis.” The author also pleads the case of the analyst and hopes for greater acceptance on the part of physicians, of psychoanalysis and of analysts.

The author's style is casual and unpretentious; the atmosphere is created of an engaging conversation rather than a scholarly discourse. But that is the author's purpose—engaging, easy to read, inoffensive and possibly even reassuring to a prospective analysand—an unsophisticated one.

[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 © 2019, 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.