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Awakening the Dreamer by Philip M. Bromberg

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5 Potholes on the Royal Road

Or Is It an Abyss?1

Jay Greenberg (1995, p. 6) has offered the view that "little of the familiar foundation of psychoanalysis remains unchallenged," and that "virtually all the traditional conceptual, clinical, and epistemological premises that guided psychoanalysis through its first hundred years are being called into question." If this statement is accurate, and I for one believe it is, where does that leave psychoanalytic authors now that they lack a theoretical "mainstream" to support or oppose? We are gradually eliminating what for some has been their greatest dread, and for others a call to arms: the potential for being deemed "unanalytic." It is becoming meaningless for an author to be called unanalytic when ...

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