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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications$
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Otto F. Kernberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101393

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101393.001.0001

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Convergences and Divergences in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Technique

Convergences and Divergences in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Technique

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(p.267) 17 Convergences and Divergences in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Technique
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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications
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Otto F. Kernberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101393.003.0017

This chapter serves as a brief summary to the main areas of union and separation within the modern psychoanalytic technique. The discussion begins with the points of convergence, starting with transference, character analysis, and the “here and now”. It is followed by sections on the translation of unconscious conflicts to object relations terms, countertransference, the affective experience of the patient, the “royal road” in dream analysis, linear concepts of development, and the “transference cure”. The next half of the chapter concentrates on the divergences within modern psychoanalytic technique. This section covers the issues between transference and countertransference, the controversy surrounding the resistance and therapeutic aspects of regression, psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and empathy. The chapter concludes with a discussion on technical neutrality, cultural bias, preverbal experiences, and “truth,” both historical and narrative.

Keywords:   modern psychoanalytic technique, transference, countertransference, character analysis, dream analysis, regression, empathy, technical neutrality, psychoanalysis, pscyhotherapy

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