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Abend, S.M. (1999). Chapter 1: The Problem of Therapeutic Alliance. The Therapeutic Alliance, 1-16.

Abend, S.M. (1999). Chapter 1: The Problem of Therapeutic Alliance. The Therapeutic Alliance , 1-16

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Sander M. Abend, M.D.

I have entitled this presentation “The Problem of Therapeutic Alliance,” because in it I will treat the concept of the alliance as a problematic aspect of the larger and far more elusive question of what makes analytic treatment move forward. Notice that I did not say, what makes an analytic treatment effective. Nevertheless, it seems to me unarguable that whatever factors enable the treatment to move ahead constitute essential contributors to a fruitful outcome, and therefore they deserve the most careful study. As I shall attempt to demonstrate, the issue is not simply a theoretical conundrum, but also has technical consequences of considerable practical significance.

Freud laid the cornerstone of the concept of a therapeutic alliance, although he did not speak of it in those terms, in his 1912 paper on “The Dynamics of Transference,” as a feature of his exposition of how he conceptualized neurosogenesis and the analytic method of treatment at that time. Friedman (1969), in an incisive and convincing study of the subject, observes that Freud did so in a not entirely successful effort to resolve a theoretical paradox concerning the patient's motivation, and Friedman goes on to expose the persistence of that paradox in the work of subsequent theorists.

It will be recalled that Freud had already discerned that the transference, as the vehicle for the expression of the patient's unconscious desires, supplies the underlying emotional force that binds the patient to the doctor, and hence commits him or her to the treatment process.

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