- Preamble: The Divan as a Term of Comparison
We intend to treat the fundamental issues of the psychoanalytic practice by clarifying and even limiting the term of comparison, in order to make the topic as practicable as possible.
The definition of psychoanalysis is a topic that has been part of the history of psychoanalysis since its foundation. It has stimulated debates from the foundation to our days, arousing both convergences and divergences. We agree that convergences and divergences are legitimate in every scientific, intellectual and professional area without this meaning any anarchy or confusion. But convergences and divergences referring to what?
Indeed we would be dealing with the greatest uncertainty if psychoanalysts were to confront each other about their convergences and divergences on politics, ecology or religion. Or better: they could do it, but then they would do it forgetting of being psychoanalysts.
We would be still dealing with a great uncertainty if they were to discuss convergences and divergences regarding the so called “psychotherapeutic” practice, a still very generic term: more then twenty different species of psychotherapies have been classified.
Now, the topic of convergences and divergences in the psychoanalytic practice does define the comparison: our contribution will try to render it even more accurate. …
Translated by Bernardo Contri and Luca Flabbi
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