Changing Conceptions of Psychoanalysis: The Legacy of Merton by Doris K. Silverman, David L. Wolitzky

By Doris K. Silverman, David L. Wolitzky

This extraordinary memorial quantity files and reassesses the contributions of Merton M. Gill (1914-1994), a relevant architect of psychoanalytic conception and a principled exemplar of the trendy psychoanalytic sensibility in the course of the moment half the twentieth century. serious reviews of Gill's position in psychoanalysis and a sequence of private memories are joined to considerable reengagement of critical controversies during which Gill performed a key half. those controversies revolve round the "natural technology" as opposed to "hermeneutic" orientation in psychoanalysis (Holt, Eagle, Friedman); the prestige of psychoanalysis as a one-person and/or two-person psychology (Jacobs, Silverman); pyschoanalysis as opposed to psychotherapy (Wallerstein, Migone, Gedo); and the which means and use of transference (Kernberg, Wolitzky, Cooper).

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Every June, we would meet in Stockbridge for two days of exhilarating discussions about psychoanalysis or about ideas that were touched by psychoanalytic thought. Merton's comments inevitably contained his stylistic stamp: they were logical, incisive, and to the point. His points always advanced the discussion, deepened it, and probed its limits, and if there were any slippage in logic on the part of a presenter at these meetings, Merton was usually the first to pounce on the offense, but not the offender, although it might not have seemed that way to some offenders.

S. (1995), Internat. J. , 76, Part 2, 399–402. , ed. (1996). The Annual of Psychoanalysis, 24. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press. PART II PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL REMINISCENCES Chapter 2 Merton M. Gill: Reminiscences Editors’ Introduction: As noted in our introductory chapter, the five sections of this chapters are tributes to Gill, drawn from several sources. D. Robert s. Wallerstein Merton Gill occupied a unique place in my intellectual and emotional scheme of things: as close friend and colleague, as scientific ideal and moral gadfly, and as research mentor and supporter, albeit—despite mutual wishes that would have had it otherwise—we never worked collaboratively in the same setting.

The ambience of the therapeutic situation is vital. Thus, it is essential that the analyst believe and convey that the interpretation is offered tentatively and is not presented as a final truth. The analyst must refrain from maintaining a position as the authority who will definitively correct the patient's distorted perceptions. II The five sections in Part II (chapter 2) are devoted to appreciations and reminiscences ranging from the mostly personal to the mostly professional/scientific, drawn from different sources.

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