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(p. 3) On Defining Psychoanalysis in Psychology Practice 

(p. 3) On Defining Psychoanalysis in Psychology Practice
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(p. 3) On Defining Psychoanalysis in Psychology Practice
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Rafael Art. Javier

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199766475.003.0001
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date: 29 October 2020

This chapter provides a general introduction to psychoanalysis, starting with a definition of the specialty, and tracing the theoretical foundations guiding the practice of psychoanalysis from Freud to more current developments in contemporary psychoanalysis. Also noted are the basic competencies for the specialty across the different psychoanalytic orientations, how psychoanalysis operates, the nature of the psychoanalytic data, and the basic training requirements. The characteristics of psychodynamic interventions and specific differentiating characteristics of psychoanalysis are identified, as well as a number of psychological disorders (anxiety, depression, somatic disorders, and personality disorders, including borderlines, and psychosis) that have been found to benefit from the psychoanalytic approach.

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