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September 1959

Group Psychoanalysis.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(3):346-347. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590030130016

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Psychoanalytic therapy has had an uphill struggle over the last three generations establishing itself as a legitimate psychotherapeutic practice. In the past generation psychoanalysis in groups has had a similar struggle attempting to secure a place for itself among psychoanalysts and group therapists. Dr. Wassell’s book is the most recent attempt to describe the nature of analytic practice with groups of patients and the many problems involved.

Like other analysts, Dr. Wassell is ambivalent about the effectiveness of treatment in a group setting for bringing about reconstructive change. Doubt exists concerning the depth of therapy and the development of a transference neurosis; the feasibility of free association and dream analysis; the complications arising out of interruptions and poorly timed interactions on the part of co-patients, and the relative value of the intrapsychic and the interpersonal. This book exposes the variety of points of view on these and other problems, but

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