Guidelines And Interpretation Of Physicians Practicing Psychoanalysis

1057 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
During an era where mental health treatments were still rather primitive, Freud flourished as he developed a treatment style that was ahead of its time. In his article, “Recommendations to Physicians Practicing Psychoanalysis”, Freud discussed many necessities and ideas that therapists practicing within this framework should adhere to. Therefore, a comprehensive summary and interpretation will be conducted…
Freud began the article with a disclaimer that essentially warned other physicians that he arrived at these conclusions from unfortunate findings, and that physicians who do not share a similar perspective and orientation may not agree with these findings. His first finding surrounds the notion that a physician’s biggest challenge is to remember all of his/her patients’ information and not confuse it with other patients. Therefore, he suggested that physicians allocate the same amount of attention to everything the client says (Freud, 1912). Specifically, clinicians should enter a state of “evenly-suspended attention” whereby he/she does not retain anything specific, but simply listens to the client (Freud 1912; pg. 112). Moreover, Freud believed that this technique would provide therapists with all of the information necessary to adequately treat the client. Next, Freud suggested against taking notes during session because he believed it made a negative impression on the client and removed the clinician from following what the client said (Freud, 1912). That…

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