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A Spirit of Inquiry by James L. Fosshage, Frank M. Lachmann, Joseph D. Lichtenberg

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INTRODUCTION

From its inception, psychoanalysis has been and is a depth psychology, a voyage of discovery conducted in a spirit of inquiry. The couch, the frequency of meetings, and the talking became its vehicles. Historically, the patient free associated and a talking cure resulted from the cathartic effect. Thus, communication, that is, talking and being listened to, was a given. However, the talk between analyst and analysand was found to be a complex form of communication that called for further inquiry. An appreciation of this complexity led to the study of defense and resistance, the deceptions of everyday life. These deceptions interfered with free and full revelation of prior and current experiences. Their occurrence was explained ...

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