How Does Psychoanalysis Work?

Term: Summer 2011

Subject Code: GPSY

Course Number: 6357

The basic question we will explore in this seminar is, "How does psychoanalysis purport to achieve its therapeutic aims?" Is it through the insight gained by the analyst's interpretation? Or, the identification of the patient with the analyst's attitude that modifies the harshness of self-criticism? Or, could change come through the development of a new, unique, and even a "real" relationship with the analyst, who provides the conditions for stunted growth? For that matter, is there one psychoanalysis or many? In addressing these questions, the course will draw on the works of Freud, Lacan, Melanie Klein, Fairbairn, Self-psychology and American relational/interpersonalists theorists.

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