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April 1932

The Technique of Psycho-Analysis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(4):982-983. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230160223018

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Abstract

That only serious and attentive students may derive benefit from this book, the author (Ernest Jones announces in the preface) has avoided simplicity of presentation. Although intended for the advanced scholar, the text, by virtue of precision in word choice and concreteness of illustration, may be enjoyed by the elementary student of psychoanalysis as well. In his first chapter, the author calls attention to certain practical points: He suggests that the business details of the analysis be introduced early in the course of treatment, and hints that it would be well for the patient to be allowed to think that the analyst is a very busy man. To the patient's inevitable inquiry as to the duration of the study, the therapeutist is urged to give equivocal answer; this is justified by comparison with similar prognostic responses given by the ordinary medical clinician who surely does not promise to relieve his

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