THE PSYCHOANALYTIC PROCESS by Paul A. Dewald

THE PSYCHOANALYTIC PROCESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is ""an unabridged example of the psychoanalytic method of data collection"" with discussion, explanation and evaluation by Dr. Dewald. The book comprises 347 hours of an almost two-year analysis, rigorously Freudian, undergone by a young white housewife with children who manifested acute anxiety symptoms as well as sexual aversion to her husband. The case seems almost classical with her parents providing the Oedipal root problems and the analysis progressed along customary lines until it reached a ""full-blown regressive transference neurosis."" The hours, transcribed verbatim, are followed by very clear commentary by Dr. Dewald who also contributes the long concluding synopsis of the patient's disturbance, its causes, manifestations, the roles of suggestion, abreaction and insight, and the particular ""abstinent"" role he played throughout. . . . In an age where the lengthy, expensive, exclusive ""psychoanalytic process"" has been discarded for more immediate and reality-centered techniques, this probably has less interest than it might have 20 years ago although the care and integrity of the work is beyond question. The designation will be clinical or professional.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1972
Publisher: Basic Books