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“Is Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic edifice relevant to the 21st century?”: Correction to Grünbaum (2006).

Reports an error in “Is Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic edifice relevant to the 21st century” by Adolf Grünbaum (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 2006[Spr], Vol 23[2], 257-284). The article contains two distorting misprints: (1) On p. 257, in the footnote, the title of the author’s academic chair should read: Andrew Mellon Professor of Philosophy of Science; (2) On p. 274, line 2, in the quotation from Marshall Edelson on “Transference Phenomena,” the word “on” just before “question-begging evidence” should read negatively as “non.” (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2006-05420-004.) To warrant the relevance, if any, of Freud’s psychoanalytic edifice to the 21st century, its supporters must endeavor, if at all possible, to find genuine evidence for its major pilla…

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Beneath the Mask: Hypocrisy and the Pathology of Shame.

With the exception of Rangell’s seminal work, hypocrisy is conceptualized exclusively in terms of pathological narcissism and/or compromised superego formation. Recent psychoanalytic investigations of shame offer an alternative to this view, elucidating the motives of so-called moral hypocrites (Batson, Kobrynowicz, Dinnerstein, Kampf, & Wilson, 1997) who meet the diagnostic criteria for neither antisocial nor narcissistic personality disorder and whose behavior deviates from the ethical standards they otherwise hold. Although the shame-vulnerable individual and hypocrite ultimately are distinguished, the former offers a deeper understanding of the latter. Specifically, this analysis illuminates why and for whom the mask is worn, suggesting that shame avoidance plays a critical role in the…

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Sándor Ferenczi’s Contributions to the Evolution of Psychoanalysis.

Sándor Ferenczi’s ideas are being rediscovered and appreciated for their contributions to the evolution of psychoanalysis. Both European and American psychoanalysts have led the way in the rehabilitation of Ferenczi’s reputation, damaged by Ernest Jones’s assertions that Ferenczi’s dissidence was a function of his psychopathology. In the last twenty-five years, Jones’s assertions have been successfully challenged. Now, the focus in Ferenczi scholarship has shifted to the significance of his ideas and methods for the evolution of psychoanalyses. Five areas of Ferenczi’s seminal contributions are outlined: 1. An ethos of clinical experimentation and empirically based clinical theory; 2. introduction of clinical empathy; 3. analysis of trauma and difficult cases; 4. development of the “Confu…

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