Psychoanalysis and Groups: History and Dialectics

Psychoanalysis and Groups: History and Dialectics

Psychoanalysis and Groups: History and Dialectics

Psychoanalysis and Groups: History and Dialectics

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Didier Anzieu's Foreword admirably sums up the principal problems dealt with in each of the chapters in this book, and there is therefore no need for me to dwell on them here. Rather, I shall try to supplement his accurate and generous words by mentioning some of the scientific and methodological objectives that I pursued in writing this book. These objectives arose, of course, from an irresistible desire for clinical knowledge but are also an expression of theoretical interests and pursuits that enable me to be reasonably optimistic in the struggle against the perceptual limitations which all those engaged in scientific research have to contend with.

It is my opinion that in practice clinical psychoanalysis operates more dialectically than certain theories would have us believe. Many authors transform their theories into linear entelechies, losing sight of the fact that in psychoanalysis we are engaged in a continual effort to describe processes.

Historical and philosophical sources, and of course the stimulating psychoanalytical perspective, provide the rich . . .

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