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Guided Clinical Judgments

Although making comparisons (i.e., judging similarities and differences) is part and parcel of our life and of our professional thinking and acting, the phrase comparative psychoanalysis has recently made its way into our professional vocabulary (Scarfone, 2002). It refers to a qualitative comparison of various forms of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis among them. In view of the official recognition of psychoanalytic pluralism brought about by the courage of Wallerstein (1988, 1990, 2005a, 2005b), we are now obliged to compare various psychoanalytic techniques and theoretical assumptions with each other. To make the comparison reasonable, reliable, and fruitful, shared criteria are needed. In membership papers and published case reports, criteria are usually only implied, if not totally missing.