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The Truth About Freud's Technique : The Encounter With the Real - Michael Guy Thompson

The Truth About Freud's Technique

The Encounter With the Real

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In this unusual and much-needed reappraisal of Freud's clinical technique, M. Guy Thompson challenges the conventional notion that psychoanalysis promotes relief from suffering and replaces it with a more radical assertion, that psychoanalysis seeks to mend our relationship with the real that has been fractured by our avoidance of the same. Thompson suggests that, while avoiding reality may help to relieve our experience of suffering, this short-term solution inevitably leads to a split in our existence.

M. Guy Thompson forcefully disagrees with the recent trend that dismisses Freud as an historical figure who is out of step with the times. He argues, instead, for a return to the forgotten Freud, a man inherently philosophical and rooted in a Greek preoccupation with the nature of truth, ethics, the purpose of life and our relationship with reality. Thompson's argument is situated in a stunning re-reading of Freud's technical papers, including a new evaluation of his analyses of Dora and the Rat Man in the context of Heidegger's understanding of truth.

In this remarkable examination of Freud's technical recommendations, M. Guy Thompson explains how psychoanalysis was originally designed to re-acquaint us with realities we had abandoned by encountering them in the contest of the analytic experience. This provocative examination of Freud's conception of psychoanalysis reveals a more personal Freud than we had previously supposed, one that is more humanistic and real.

Praise for the original edition:

"Every teacher of graduate students in Whitman and American literature in general will wish to have this edition in his university and perhaps home library." -"American Literature",

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
The True and the Real in Freudp. 1
Psychical and External Realityp. 7
Realistic and Neurotic Anxietyp. 12
Realistic and Wishful Thinkingp. 21
The Neurotic and the Psychotic Experience of Realityp. 27
Real Love and Transference-Lovep. 37
The True and the Real in Heideggerp. 51
Heidegger's Conception of Truthp. 57
Heidegger's Conception of Untruthp. 64
Truth and Sciencep. 69
Truth and Technologyp. 78
Truth and Psychoanalysisp. 88
The Truth about Dorap. 93
The Paradox of Neurosisp. 97
A Case of Secrecyp. 101
Dreams of Vengeance and Farewellp. 110
Freud's Last Wordp. 115
Love and Realityp. 122
The Truth about Freud's Techniquep. 133
The Employment of Dream Interpretation ("The Handling of Dream-Interpretation in Psycho-analysis," 1911)p. 141
Freud's "Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psychoanalysis" (1912)p. 145
On Beginning the Treatment (1913)p. 155
The Concept of Transference ("The Dynamics of Transference," 1912, and "Observations on Transference-Love," 1915)p. 175
Working-Through ("Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through" 1914)p. 192
The Rat Mysteryp. 205
The Cruel Captainp. 213
The Rat Mysteryp. 219
Guilt and Truthp. 224
"Classical" Technique - and Freud'sp. 230
The End of Analysisp. 241
Psychoanalysis, Terminable - or Impossible?p. 247
The End of Analysisp. 264
Referencesp. 275
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780814782064
ISBN-10: 081478206X
Series: New Perspectives on Jewish Studies (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.6