Paradigms of Psychiatry: Eclecticism and Its Discontents

Seyyed Nassir Ghaemi

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Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2006;19(6):619-624. 

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Psychoanalysis: A Kinder, Gentler Freud

Psychoanalytic extremism or orthodoxy is now rather rare. Yet the negative consequences of a half-century stranglehold of this dogmatism on psychiatry, especially in the USA, can hardly be underestimated. The lifework of the late Paul Roazen[15] provides great insight into the tragic flaws of psychoanalytic orthodoxy, as well as its sometimes under-appreciated merits. Today, most psychoanalytic groups adhere to the BPS and tend to be eclectic,[16*] with multiple subtypes of psychoanalysis being acceptable to all, rather than the past experience of insistence on a pure Freudian variety by mainstream leaders in this group.[17] The limits of the 'anything goes' nature of eclecticism have also been raised among psychoanalysts.[16*]

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