Behind the Couch: Revelations of a Psychoanalyst

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Drawing from his own actual encounters with patients, psychoanalyst Herbert Strean, writing with noted author Lucy Freeman, reveals for the first time the real-life anxieties, attractions, hates, exhilarations, and disappointments experienced by the analyst in practice. Using interviews with fifteen patients which reveal not only what their problems are but how these individuals related to their psychoanalyst, the book provides unusual insights into the thoughts, feelings, and dreams of one psychoanalyst as he works with his patients. The book describes in detail what psychoanalysts really think about, hour upon hour, as patients reveal their deepest personal thoughts, their childhood secrets, and their sexual fantasies. The authors delve into the impact of analysts' work on their marriages and other relationships. They also probe the personality characteristics of psychoanalysts to discover what needs in the provider are fulfilled by helping others face their terrors and primitive desires.

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Psychoanalysts often symbolize a parent figure to patients who frequently experience the same intense curiosity about their private livesespecially regarding sexthat they felt about their own parents, suggest psychoanalyst Strean and coauthor Freeman (Freud and Women, etc.). In an attempt to satisfy this curiosity and present psychoanalysts as human beings, the authors stress that the complex therapist-patient relationship requires that the analyst, instead of intruding, remain quiet and anonymous to afford the patient maximum freedom of expression, association and opportunity to face unresolved conflicts. However, they add, the therapist should empathize even with hostile or amorous patients who may stir their own emotions and memories. Strean demonstrates how, in order to help his patients, he first had to face his own personal problems and recall sometimes painful experiences, which enabled him to effectively identify with their problems, thereby strengthening the unconscious communication between analysand and analyst.
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