Most accounts of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy have been written by therapists, from a professional point of view. May such accounts alone be an authentic history of what occurred between the therapist and the patient? Would the patients accounts be as valid as those of the therapists? In this book the published stories of several analysands, some of Freud and Jung, over one hundred years have been collected for purposes of comparison; some have been written by therapists in training, but others are by patients not involved in the profession. A number are complaints about malpractice, or of failures to make a difference to their condition, and a common factor in most has been a discordant agenda between analyst and analysand. Where analysands have felt that they have gained transforming benefit from the therapy, those gains are frequently ascribed to the relationship with the therapist, rather than the practice or technique which they may have criticized. Collected together they make stimulating reading and raise interesting issues about the nature of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and the healing function of the process.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Two Contrasting Stories -- Prelude -- Marie Cardinal -- Rosie Alexander -- Discussion -- Patients of Freud and Jung Write -- Prelude -- The Wolf-Man -- HD (Hilda Doolittle) -- Dr Joseph Wortis -- Catherine Rush Cabot -- Discussion -- Patients in Training as Psychoanalysts or Psychotherapists -- Prelude -- A. Kardiner -- Smiley Blanton -- Dr Margaret I. Little -- Jeffrey Masson -- Harry Guntrip, John Hill, and Arthur Couch -- Discussion -- Two Ungratified Patients -- Prelude -- Wynne Godley and Stuart Sutherland -- Discussion -- Finally -- Concluding