Psychoanalytic Method in Motion identifies and examines varied controversies about how psychoanalysts believe treatment should best be conducted. Irrespective of their particular school of thought, every analyst builds up a repertoire of his favored ways of working, which some analysts come to see as the most efficacious approach to treatment available. While such differences of opinion are unsettling, and may even threaten to tear the field asunder, this book sees these differences as benefitting psychoanalysis by improving the ways in which psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists practice.  

In this book, Richard Tuch covers the waterfront by examining controversies that further the field by raising questions that help evolve the treatment, challenging every analyst to re-think what they are doing in the consulting room…and why. Some of the chief controversies explored include:

  • the enactment debate—unparalleled tool or regrettable error?
  • whether analysts can truly be "objective"—whatever that means
  • the advantages and disadvantages arising from the analyst’s use of authority
  • the ways in which theory influences the analyst’s search for data—blinding him to evidence he implicitly discards as irrelevant  
  • whether any given treatment approach is more efficacious than others, as some analysts claim
  • the legitimacy of psychoanalysis itself—whether it can truly be considered scientific
  • whether certain methods of supervision are more effective than others
  • whether free association can be considered therapeutic in and of itself
  • the extent to which an analyst preferred clinical theory is a product of his personality

Drawing on ideas from a range of different analytic perspectives, this book is an essential and accessibly written guide to working towards best practice in the analytic setting. Psychoanalytic Method in Motion will appeal greatly to both students and practitioners of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

chapter |16 pages


part I|78 pages

The duties of analyst and analysand

chapter 1|21 pages

Daring to let go

The therapeutic benefits of free association

chapter 2|21 pages

The analyst’s activity and his search for evidence

Theory-determined salience and selective perception

chapter 3|17 pages

The analyst’s way of being

Method as a function of the analyst’s personality

chapter 4|17 pages

Questioning the analyst’s use of authority

For better and for worse

part II|40 pages

Treating certain sorts of patients

chapter 5|19 pages

Thinking with, and about, patients too scared to think

Can non-interpretive maneuvers stimulate reflective thought?

chapter 6|19 pages

Thinking outside the box

A metacognitive perspective on the treatment of concrete thinking

part III|55 pages

Psychoanalytic schools of thought

chapter 7|19 pages

The interpersonalist’s handling of enactments

The effect of comparative theories on technique

chapter 8|15 pages

Beyond empathy

A wrinkle in self psychology theory

chapter 9|19 pages

Learning from Middle School theorists

Technique from a Middle School perspective

part IV|65 pages

Passing the baton From generation to generation

chapter 10|23 pages

Learning how to think like an analyst

Teaching technique to psychotherapy students

chapter 11|23 pages

The effect of style on the quality of supervision

Should the details of treatment be left to the treating clinician?

chapter 12|17 pages

What is scientific about psychoanalysis?

Truth comes in many colors