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February 1959

Technic and Practice of Psychoanalysis.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(2):264-265. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340140130017

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The spirit and flavor of this book are exemplified in these words from the Preface: "The technic of modern psychoanalysis, with reasonable correctness, might be distilled to this quintessence—the analyst must understand and bring the patient to understand as quickly, accurately and thoroughly as possible the patient's present emotional life as it is related to and is an outgrowth of his past, particularly of the pattern shaped during his most formative years (0 to 6) by the influences on him. Then, in the individual sessions, the analyst discerns and repeatedly shows the patient, through the common element (the red thread) of the associations, especially as seen in dreams, the central, presenting motivational point of each hour and the disordered childhood emotional pattern which this is repeating in life, especially, and consistently as this pattern is transferred from the childhood figures to the analyst. The goal of so doing is to