The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 41–48 | Cite as

The moment in psychotherapy

  • Arthur Burton
Karen Horney on Psychoanalytic Technique


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    Burton, Arthur: “Schizophrenia and Existence,” Psychiatry (in press).Google Scholar
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    The present emphasis on mathematics and quantification in our culture is directly related totime-boundedness. It is what existential philosophy seeks to counteract. Man's freedom must also be related to his conception oftime. While mathematics gives us greater precision, it becomes more and more alienated from its object and, more seriously yet, the scientist himself falls a victim by partialing himself out of the total human scene.Google Scholar
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    Shlien, John: “What Length and Intensity for Psychotherapy?” Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Cincinnati, 1959.Google Scholar
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    It is easy for the psychotherapist to believe that he goes on and on. There are a dozen plausible reasons he can give himself. It therefore comes as a considerable shock to all psychotherapists when a prominent psychoanalyst dies. Such feelings lend confirmation to our own involvement withtime in a special way.Google Scholar
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    Burton, Arthur: op. cit. “Schizophrenia and Existence,” Psychiatry (in press).Google Scholar
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    I have borrowed this phrase from Jean-Paul Sartre in hisExistential Psychoanalysis, New York, Philosophical Library, 1953.Google Scholar
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    This was reported to me by Dr. Harold Searles. The interpretation is mine.Google Scholar
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    “Relation of Time Estimation to Satiation,” J. Exp. Psychol., 1939, 25, 281–293; “A Further Study of the Relation of Time Estimation to Monotony,” J. Appl. Psychol, 1943, 27, 350–359; “Behavioral Characteristics of Monotony in Two Age Groups,” J. Exp. Psychol., 1943, 33, 332–329.Google Scholar
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    My analysis of the addendum responses to case histories of treatment for a broad cross-section of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists indeed reveals, that selecting patients for such treatment, and terminating them once the process has come to a conclusion, is a difficult thing. The practices are quite diverse. Cf. Arthur Burton (Ed.), “Case Studies in Counseling and Psychotherapy,” New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1959.Google Scholar

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