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Unorthodox Freud: The View from the Couch

by Beate Lohser and Peter M Newton Guilford Publications
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Offering a fresh analysis of how Freud practiced psychoanalysis which has profound implications for practice today, the authors draw from the existing full-length accounts written by patients who were treated by Freud in the 1920s and 1930s. Presented together for the first time as detailed case studies, these vivid, intimate biographies of the analytic process reveal an unexpected Freud. Quite different from the current stereotype of the Freudian analyst, Freud is depicted as an organized, persistent, personally engaged, and expressive clinician. Demonstrating how Freud' s use of free association allowed him to be spontaneous and personal, the authors also describe the consequences of the current reliance on transference and resistance analysis as the engine of treatment. Bound to stir controversy, they contend that by subordinating the entirety of their clinical behavior to protecting the transference, contemporary clinicians are indeed doing psychoanalysis, but the work they are doing is not Freudian. Contents Introduction 1. Freud's Theory of Technique 2. Freud's Analysis of Abram Kardiner 3. Freud's Analysis of H.D. 4. Freud's Analysis of Joseph Wortis 5. Freud's Analysis of John Dorsey 6. Freud's Analysis of Smiley Blanton 7. Freud's Treatment Structure 8. From Freud's Technical Suggestions to the New Orthodoxy 9. Conclusions

Introduction1. Freud's Theory of Technique2. Freud's Analysis of Abram Kardiner3. Freud's Analysis of H.D.4. Freud's Analysis of Joseph Wortis5. Freud's Analysis of John Dorsey6. Freud's Analysis of Smiley Blanton7. Freud's Treatment Structure8. From Freud's Technical Suggestions to the New Orthodoxy9. Conclusions

"Spanning the decades, this volume offers both a fascinating glimpse into Freud's consulting room and a series of intriguing and insightful perspectives on contemporary practice. The book makes clear that what has come to be called 'classical' technique bears little resemblance to what Freud actually did. In reintroducing us to the human being who sat behind the couch, the authors contribute to helping the next generation of analysts to liberate themselves from the invented orthodoxies that for many years obscured the true tenor of Freud's practice and constrained the spirit of innovation that was its essence." --Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D., CUNY Distinguished Professor, City University of New York"In Freud at Work, Lohser and Newton have given us the most complete and readable account of Freud's struggle to wisen up, if not heal, a fascinating sample of the first several generations of analytic patients. The book holds our attention like a good novel and is also a first-class short course in Freud's clinical theories as they played themselves out in the clashes of personalities that occurred in the world's most famous consulting room." --Charles Spezzano, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst and author of What to Do Between Birth and Death and Affects in Psychoanalysis: A Clinical Synthesis"An impressive and illuminating addition to the burgeoning field of Freud scholarship and Freudiana. The authors examine the gulf between Freud's actual technique (and the theory of the nature of the curative process on which it is based) and the modern re-interpretations of it which have been codified as the 'basic model technique,' by exploring in detail the five extant book-length accounts of their analyses with Freud, written by Abram Kardiner, H.D., Joseph Wortis, John Dorsey, and Smiley Blanton. They demonstrate convincingly the one-sided interpretation of Freud's papers of technique, which led to the austere 'modern' model of psychoanalysis that has departed so radically from Freud's actual techniques, as displayed so revealingly by the accounts of these five analysts. Important reading for everyone interested in the historical evolution of psychoanalysis as theory and technique and theory of technique." --Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D., Past President, American Psychoanalytic Association; Past President, International Psychoanalytical Association
Beate Lohser has been a member of the Core Faculty at the San Francisco School of Psychology since 1989. Born and raised in Germany, she attended the University of Heidelberg where she received degrees in English and French. She was trained in psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, and has worked in a wide variety of settings. She practices psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy in San Francisco and Berkeley.