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June 1972

Recent Discoveries in Psychoanalysis: A Study of Opinion

Author Affiliations

St. Louis
From the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, St. Louis University, School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;26(6):518-523. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750240030005

A survey is presented of the opinions of 90 American psychoanalysts as to the most important new information and technical advances made in their field since Freud's death. The responses in the first category are of especial interest in that the work most often cited is the most difficult of scientific definition. A majority of respondents conveyed, in one way or another, an impression of misgivings about the value and originality of work of the past 30 years. Possible causes of the slowdown in scientific productivity are considered.