COMMON SENSE ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS by Rudolpf Wittenberg

COMMON SENSE ABOUT PSYCHOANALYSIS

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

An excellent introduction to psychoanalysis is non-doctrinaire in its approach, honest in its assessment of what this new and often abused branch of medicine can accomplish, and definite within limits in what the patient may expect to gain from this experience. Psychoanalysis is a means of dealing with neurosis; it entails a period of about 800 hours extended over several years; it is necessarily expensive; but it is not a cure-all for all mental problems, or a philosophy of life. Dr. Wittenberg discusses the primary techniques (free association and dream interpretation); the patient-analyst relationship ""structured to encourage the expression of fantasies and distortions""; the process of inner reorganization, often disturbing to outside relationships (the family, etc.); the use of modified analytic therapy with children; other forms of psychotherapy; the choice of an analyst and the analyst's training; and the paramount problem of extending mental health at a time when personnel and facilities are way below strength... At no point does Dr. Wittenberg write down to his readers who are presumably uninformed and uninitiated, and his presentation combines awareness, assurance and humanity to a fine degree.

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday