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Krystal, H. (1995). Chapter 4: Disorders of Emotional Development in Addictive Behavior. The Psychology and Treatment of Addictive Behavior, 65-100.

Krystal, H. (1995). Chapter 4: Disorders of Emotional Development in Addictive Behavior. The Psychology and Treatment of Addictive Behavior , 65-100

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Henry Krystal, M.D.

The early analysts applied the newly developing psychoanalytic techniques with care and wisdom, contributing important insights which remain the framework that is used by all workers in this field. Some of the contributions of the early analysts such as Abraham (1916, 1924), Simmel (1930, 1948), and Rado (1926, 1933) have become such a deeply ingrained part of the American psychological, psychiatric, and medical lexicon that one frequently encounters their ideas and terms used as commonplace expressions without recognition by the speaker of their origin. Many of our old terms are no more put in quotation marks than phrases from the Bible or Shakespeare. These early successes had a built-in naiveté, however, which had to bring our “beginner's luck” to an end. The original weakness consisted in the early analysts approaching all patients with the insights, models, and techniques developed in their work with neurotics. Once a successful way to work was established, the original theories were used to explain those behaviors that fit the model.

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