Practical Psychoanalysis for Therapists and Patients

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Overall, Owen Renik, M.D., has presented us with a very useful, though very provocative, casebook, clearly and explicitly challenging many time-honored tenets of psychoanalytic treatment as taught and practiced in Freudian-based institutes. In the process, Dr. Renik provides ways of approaching patient suffering with a goal of symptom relief, neither expecting nor necessitating that insight will ever be achieved by the patient, and seeing that goal as somewhat of an extra benefit, if it is achieved at all. Although there is no problem if achieving insight helps a particular patient, here Dr. Renik directly challenges that which has been long considered to reflect one aspect, one valuable tenet of that treatment that has come to be called psychoanalysis.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(9):1503