The Psychotherapist's Own Psychotherapy: Patient and Clinician Perspectives

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THE TRAINING ANALYSIS
IN THE MAINSTREAM
FREUDIAN MODEL

Richard Lasky

The clinical analysis of the candidate in training, known as the training analysis, is usually considered to be the most important component of the tripartite model of psychoanalytic training. The other two components are didactic coursework, in both theory and technique, and conducting supervised analyses of a number of patients. Freud's early followers read his works avidly, and they made pilgrimages to Vienna from all over the world in order to be analyzed by him. From the very beginning being analyzed was as important as reading Freud's papers. The rush to be analyzed, preferably by the master himself, was not because it was a requirement of some sort or because Freud's original students suffered particularly severe psychopathology themselves. It occurred because they were so taken by psychoanalysis as the only real method of knowing themselves. The idea that one has unconscious motives that play a greater role in mental life than do one's conscious intentions was both revolutionary and electrifying, and the first generation of analysts were eager to have firsthand experience. It is also probable that they flocked to analysis in identification with Freud, who made such prominent use of his own self-analysis in his discoveries about the unconscious.

It is likely that the first generation of analysts would have had some of the same kind of unconscious ambivalence about being analyzed that any present-day patient has. But whatever ambivalence may have given them pause, intense curiosity—combined with the high level of intellectual excitement surrounding psychoanalysis—drove those first-generation analysts forward. It was unthinkable that anyone wanting to become an analyst would

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