January 1983

Elements of Change and Cure in Psychoanalysis

Author Affiliations

From the St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, St Louis University.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(1):89-95. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790010091011

• Many elements are involved in the process of change and cure in psychoanalysis, some of which are seen as facilitative and others as definitive. I attempted to establish and illustrate the role of the interpersonal interactions between analysand and analyst. As a result of the traditional analytic process, the patient relives at a regressive level some of the unresolved developmental conflicts and crises in the relationship with the analyst. Thus, he has an opportunity to find, through the current experience, a more satisfactory and appropriate developmental resolution of previous psychopathology.