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J Pers. 1994 Dec;62(4):681-96.

Commentary: psychodynamics and social cognition--notes on the fusion of psychoanalysis and psychology.

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Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8205.


Interest in linking psychoanalysis with scientific psychology waxes and wanes. In part, the difficulties have been caused by the preference of psychoanalysts for Freud's clinical theory (and its emphasis on narrative truth) as opposed to his metapsychology (with its requirement for historical truth). Even though contemporary scientific psychology evolved largely independently of psychoanalysis, the articles on object relations, transference, and defense published in this special issue show that the theory remains a source of inspiration, observations, and hypotheses.

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