Among the many elementary expositions of psychoanalysis, "The Talking Cure" is unique in focusing on the actual analytic experience. Lichtenberg's approach is humanistic, demonstrating empathic understanding of the fears and hopes of the person seeking help. He provides a "feel" for what happens during the analytic voyage of self-discovery.
A Historical Note: "The Talking Cure." Beginning the Search for Help. Reaching Out-Finding a Qualified Psychoanalyst. Reaching Out-Seeking the Analyst You Prefer. The Consultation. The Couch and Free Association. The Analytic "Contract." Decisions, Decisions. Starting Out. Getting Deep into the Middle of the Analysis. Endings and New Beginnings. Afterthoughts. Appendix: Psychoanalytic Organizations and Training.