wild psychoanalysis

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A term introduced in 1910 by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), in an article entitled ‘“Wild” Psycho-Analysis’ (Standard Edition, XI, pp. 221–7), to denote amateur attempts at psychoanalysis based on ignorance or misunderstandings of its fundamental ideas, such endeavours being characterized by attempts to rush the process of analysis through premature interpretations (2) conveyed to the patient without proper working through and without regard for resistance and transference. Appropriately, Freud's article was published in the same year that the International Psycho-Analytic Association was founded.

Subjects: Psychology.

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