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This book is the outgrowth of Dr. Lorand's course in technic which he gives regularly at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
Outstanding in this book is the absence of any rigid rules. The author consistently stresses flexibility—flexibility implemented by a thorough personal analysis, as well as accumulative experience. However, this flexibility must take place within the framework of the freudian conception of psychodynamics.
Paramount emphasis is laid on the transference situation and its correct analysis. Thus, in chapters headed "Anxieties and Phobias," "Sexual Difficulties in the Male," "Sexual Difficulties in the Female," "Compulsion Neuroses" and "Neurotic Depressions," the author points out the patterns that transference takes in those clinical categories. The analyst must be ever sensitive to the transference situation and its correct analysis.
The author's chapter on countertransference reflects his great experience in psychoanalytic technic. As a training analyst, he has had the opportunity to observe the innumerable pitfalls