The questions of what psychoanalysis is, and does, and who can and should practice it, remains key within the modern profession. Has the invaluable material packed into Freud’s The Question of Lay Analysis (1926) been underestimated by contemporary psychoanalysis? This book explores how the issues raised in this paper can continue to impact contemporary Freudian theory and practice. The chapters examine why the arguably litigious nature of the paper might be contributing to its neglect and underestimation.

The editors of this book put forth a hypothesis: is there an underlying, still unrecognized, but heartrending factor underlying the century-old quarrel between "lay analysts" and what might be described as medically or psychiatrically trained analysts? They then brought together a selection of major contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers from around the world to attempt to bridge the seemingly unbridgeable gap between medical and non-medical analysis, using The Question of Lay Analysis as a central pivot. The work of the key figure, in social and historic terms, on this issue, Theodor Reik, is also duly honoured.

On Freud’s "The Question of Lay Analysis" will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

chapter |5 pages


ByPaulo Cesar Sandler, Gley Pacheco Costa

chapter 1|18 pages

The question of lay analysis

Then and now
ByRon Spielman

chapter 2|13 pages

Wayward analysis

ByEster Hadassa Sandler

chapter 3|9 pages

Who I think the layman is to Freud

Comments on Sigmund Freud’s “The Question of Lay Analysis”
ByJose Luiz Freda Petrucci

chapter 4|24 pages

Some notes about alike applications of psychoanalysis

ByIrina Panteleeva

chapter 5|26 pages

Theodor Reik

The analyst of silence and surprise
ByAvedis Panajian

chapter 6|26 pages

From word to deed

Why psychoanalysis needs laypersons?
ByBernd Nissen

chapter 7|13 pages

The analyst and his odyssey

Like Ulysses, we must not forget the return journey …
ByMonica Horovitz

chapter 8|33 pages

The problem of pluralism in psychoanalysis

ByCharles Hanly

chapter 9|24 pages

On “The question of lay analysis” by Sigmund Freud

ByAbel Fainstein

chapter 10|23 pages

Psychoanalysis is lay in its essence

ByCláudia Aparecida Carneiro

chapter 11|22 pages

From the obvious to the unbridgeable

ByAvner Bergstein

chapter 12|53 pages

Enduring questions

Who is the lay today? Are today’s judges impartial persons?
ByPaulo Cesar Sandler, Gley Pacheco Costa