WHAT LEADS TO BASIC CHANGE IN PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY? A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

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The Scientific Program Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, under the chairmanship of Frederick A. Weiss, arranged the Scientific Program in the academic year of 1963–1964. On April 29, 1964, one of the eight events at the New York Academy of Medicine was the Roundtable Discussion: “What Leads to Basic Change in Psychoanalytic Therapy?” Melvin Boigon was the Moderator of the Roundtable and in that role he supported the variety of philosophical and theoretical frames that could be used in defining what is “basic” and evaluating what constitutes “change” in therapy. He explained that in his understanding basic change implied a shift in the direction of greater self-acceptance and an increased capacity for actualizing one’s potentials.

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Paper was originally presented at the Second Roundtable Discussion, “What leads to basic change in psychoanalytic therapy?” at a Scientific Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis on April 26, 1964. Panel was moderated by: Melvin Boigon, M.D; Presenters were: Alfred H. Rifkin, M.D., William V. Silverberg, M.D. and Frederick A. Weiss, MD. This article was first published in the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1965, 25: 129–130, and is republished here.

1Melvin Boigon, M.D. (1920—1969), a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst was President of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, Lecturer at American Institute for Psychoanalysis, the New School for Social Research and the New York Academy of Medicine.

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Boigon, M. WHAT LEADS TO BASIC CHANGE IN PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY? A ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION. Am J Psychoanal 75, 223–225 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1057/ajp.2015.19

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Keywords

  • whole personality
  • actualizing
  • free choosing
  • capacity for self-fulfillment
  • alienating process
  • insight
  • doctor-patient relationship