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Patient and therapist perspective on therapeutic action in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: helpful and hindering factors
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)In: An open door review of outcome and process studies in psychoanalysis / [ed] Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber & Horst Kächele, London: International Psychoanalytical Association , 2015, 3, 244-245 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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This research program aims to explore patient and therapist views of helpful and hindering factors in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, applying rigorous qualitative methods. A series of studies was based on periodical interviews with seven analysands and their analysts (Werbart & Levander, 2006, 2011). Double sets of private theories of cure were found among analysands and their analysts. Ideas of utopian cure involved a profound transformation of the personality by way of deep regression. Ideas of an attainable and more limited cure included new ways of managing old problems and new ways of thinking and reflecting. The ongoing treatment was then seen as the ‘next-best solution’. Both parties’ mourning of the preferred but abandoned utopian theories of cure seems to be an important ingredient in the psychoanalytic process. Furthermore, the utopian fantasy of creating ‘the new person’ by means of ‘proper’ psychoanalysis or analytic training has far-reaching consequences for psychoanalytic education and supervision.

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London: International Psychoanalytical Association , 2015, 3. 244-245 p.
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patient perspective, therapeutic action, psychoanalysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124259OAI: diva2:883250
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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