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A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Second Edition by Charles Rycroft

By Charles Rycroft

Charles Rycroft's "Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis" is a longtime reference paintings delivering transparent definitions and demanding discussions of the technical phrases utilized in psychoanalysis. 'An exact and witty consultant to the which means of psychoanalytic phrases ...[it] additionally explains some of the controversies that have disfigured the psychoanalytic circulate and that are this sort of puzzle to these outdoors it. For an individual all in favour of psychoanalysis and its offshoots this can be an essential publication' - Anthony Storr.

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Freud and BuUitt's study of Wilson (I967). See pathobiography. Child analysis The psychoanalysis of children. This differs technicaUy from the analysis of adults in that play replaces free association. It differs theoretically in that parents and parent-substitutes are still actual, external figures in the patient's life and that dependence on them is a social and biological fact not a neurotic symptom. It differs moraUy in that the relationship between analyst and patient is not one between consenting adults; the decision to have treatment is made not by the patient but by his parents.

It is to be distinguished from despair, which is the 10ss of hope, and boredom, which is due to blocking of expressive activity, whether for externai or neurotic reasons. According to Greenson (1949), apathy can be a life-saving defence in extreme situations; by, as il were, putting the mind into neutral, both despair and the exhaustion foIlowing unjustified hopefulness can be avoided. See aiso Fenichel (1954). Aphanisis Term coined by Jones (1948) to describe the ultimate dread oflosing aIl capacity for pleasure.

Conflict Opposition between apparentlyor actually incompatible forces. g. g. ego and id). The idea that aIl psychological conflict is neurotic is not part of psychoanalytical theory; conflicts are only neurotic if one party is unconscious and/or if the y are resolved by the use of defences other th an sublimation. Conflict-free area of the ego Topographical formulation by which functions which are not liable to disturbances by neurotic conflict are imagined to occupy an area in the ego. See au tonomy; ego; ego psychology; neurotic.

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