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In psychoanalysis, the process by which an interpretation (2) is conveyed to a patient, overcoming the resistance that it has previously generated and enabling the patient to accept repressed ideas or wishes underlying symptoms. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) described this process most fully in his article on ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through’ (1914, Standard Edition, XII, pp. 147–56).

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