Psychoanalysis, differently

After The Worst Ennemies of Psychoanalysis and The Best Friends of Psychoanalysis Prado de Oliveira turns to the Hungarian psychoanalyst Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933). Prado considers Ferenczi to be the most paradoxical disciple of Freud for being both close and critical, loyal and original (originality often being considered as a flaw in psychoanalytic institutions), methodical and ebullient. Not only in theory. Ferenczi is maybe best known for his experimental practice, described in his clinical diaries.


Prado’s book retraces the theoretical and personal evolution of Ferenczi, closely following his writings and his correspondence with Freud. Amongst others, Ferenczi was one of the true founders of analytic training and a constant inspiration for analysts like Melanie Klein, Michael Balint, Lacan and Winnicott: « Ferenczi was the psychoanalyst who taught us to question all our certainties.  […]
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Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

In 2008, Falk Leichsenring, DSc, and Sven Rabung, PhD, published a meta-analysis on the « Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy » in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, 2008; 300(13): 1551-1565, doi:10.1001/jama.300.13.1551).
The authors start their enquiry by questioning the controversial status of psychoanalysis and psychodynamic treatment in mainstream psychiatry. Although proof for efficiency of short-term psychodynamic therapy has already been acquired for specific disorders, long-term therapy seemed unable to provide anything better than disputed proof.
Leichsenring and Rabung claim to provide this lacking evidence for outcome effectiveness of long term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Their meta-anlaysis of outcome studies published between January 1960 and May 2008 shows that « comparative analyses of controlled trials, LTPP showed significantly higher outcomes in overall effectiveness, target problems, and personality functioning than shorter forms of psychotherapy. […]
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