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The author defines the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis as the patient's increased capacity to make changes in his/ her attitudes or behaviors in order to achieve greater wellbeing and satisfaction in life. Although most analytic theories generally agree about this, the author notes, they diverge in their specifications of the principles of analytic(More)
  • Owen Renik
  • Journal of the American Psychoanalytic…
  • 1992
Case material is used to illustrate specific clinical application of the concept of primary femininity. Some contemporary contributions to the psychoanalytic theory of female psychosexual development are presented as complementary with, rather than contradictory to, more familiar, longstanding formulations that emphasize phallic strivings in women. In the(More)
A policy of consistent willingness on the analyst's part to make his or her own views explicitly available to the patient is discussed and illustrated by clinical vignettes. Playing one's cards face up is contrasted with contemporary conceptions of selective self-disclosure by the analyst, especially with respect to the way ground rules for the analytic(More)
  • Owen Renik
  • The International journal of psycho-analysis
  • 1990
Implicit in Freud's definition of transference neurosis is the valuable concept that evolution in the observable form of a patient's transference can be used as a criterion of analytic progress. Problems have arisen because the concept has been misapplied. Freud and those who followed him focused attention on clinical developments that are not in fact(More)
Study of the Book of Job clarifies the particular adaptation to trauma that underlies the suffering of certain difficult patients. In addition, the misdirected efforts of Job's comforters in the Bible story help us understand why, with such patients, an analyst's attempts to address unconscious guilt and defenses against it will prove counterproductive. A(More)
The split in the ego between consciousness and unconsciousness which sometimes eventuates in fetishism can also be clinically manifested in sleep disturbances, depersonalization, dejà vu and a variety of alterations in the sense of reality. It is suggested that this same split comprises the central dynamic mechanism in enuresis. The sleep disturbance which(More)
Typical examination dreams fulfill, in disguised form, a wish to be reassured about the future. Similar disguised wish fulfillments can be identified in certain "superego dreams" and in those post-traumatic dreams in which a traumatic event is accurately re-enacted. Recognition of the wish and the need for disguise permits a fuller picture of the dreamer's(More)
  • Owen Renik
  • Journal of the American Psychoanalytic…
  • 1991
A case is reported in which a young man for several years experienced his analysis primarily as a source of pain. Each new insight he achieved was an occasion for increased distress rather than liberation. Considerable analytic work elucidating motives for this negative therapeutic reaction produced no change in it. Eventually, it could be determined that(More)