How Psychoanalysis Works
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 14, Number 6, June 2017
Eric M. Plakun, MD
Associate medical director, director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA
Dr. Plakun has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Psychoanalysis is both a form of treatment and a theory of mind and development. The treatment involves the exploration of the unconscious meaning of symptoms and behaviors. The idea is that many of our patients’—and our own—personality traits and behaviors are governed by unconscious forces.