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Helen Sheehan – Psychoanalysis Without Tears


THE LETTER 48 (Autumn 2011) pages 31-45.


This paper deals with the question of the difference between didactic analysis and the formation of the analyst. It is based on a reading of the historical development of this topic from Freud to the present day. It recalls how some of the earlier leaders of the psychoanalytic movement took a different path to the one that Freud had wished for – the result of which has seen many splits in the psychoanalytic movement, not all of which have been propitious.


Keywords: didactic analysis, formation, Freud, Bernfeld, Lacan, Safouan. 

Psychoanalysis Without Tears

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