A critique to Manfred Pohlen’s paper "the influencing power of the psychoanalyst and the truth of his method"

Author/s Paolo Migone
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/4 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 515-525 File size 285 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2010-004005
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Manfred Pohlen’s paper published in the last issue of Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (2010, 44, 3: 345-364) is criticized. Some of the critiques are the following: the suggesting power of the psychoanalyst, which has been shown also by empirical research, was well known by Freud and later authors (e.g., see the relational factors and the identification with the analyst, or the concept of "positive unobjectionable transference"); the dichotomization between natural sciences and the humanities (or nomothetic vs. idiographic approaches) is criticized; the analyst’s influencing power and his perspectivism in guiding the patient was already in Jung and was also discussed by hermeneutics; the idea of activating the patient’s potentials is similar to the concept of "selfactualizazion" of Carl Rogers and humanistic psychology in general; in John Bowlby’s attachment theory there is not a biological reductionism but an emphasis on object relations; and so on.

Keywords: Suggestion, psychoanalytic technique, psychoanalysis as art, history of psychoanalytic theory of technique, critique

Paolo Migone, Una critica all’articolo di Manfred Pohlen "Il potere d’influenzamento dell’analista e la verità del suo metodo" in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 4/2010, pp 515-525, DOI: 10.3280/PU2010-004005