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The Possible Profession:The Analytic Process of Change by Theodore J. Jacobs

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Reflections on the Goals of Analysis and the Process of Change

For a number of years I have been interested in the question of the effectiveness of analysis; that is, in analysis not only as an experience that expands understanding, but as a treatment method that helps our patients overcome the pain, the anxiety, and the troubled relationships that have caused so much difficulty in their lives. Too often in my work I have witnessed the development of insight that remained just that—insight in a vacuum; insight divorced from action or change; understanding that had little impact on the patient’s life or the difficulties that brought him to treatment.

In these cases, despite repeated and, I believe, quite accurate interpretations of key conflicts ...

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