chapter  7
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Traditional and Relational Aspects of the Encounter

T his chapter considers features of dynamic therapy that are relevant and effective in treatment with the bereaved. The most sweeping contribution of psychoanalysis is its focus on the complexity of forces that influence and drive human experience and behavior from an intrapsychic perspective. The psychoanalytic tradition emphasizes that our conscious understanding of ourselves and our lives is an important but incomplete organizer of our lived experience. From the time of Freud’s early writings until today, as a culture, we in the West have come to accept that we are subject to psychological forces beyond our control.