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Herrmann, A.P. (2016). Treatment errors and error culture in psychoanalytic practice. Psyche - Z Psychoanal., 70 (7): 585-617.

(2016). Psyche - Journal for Psychoanalysis, 70 (7): 585-617

Treatment errors and error culture in psychoanalytic practice

Andreas P. Herrmann, M.A.

Although psychoanalysis, with its concept of failures, recognized the constructive significance of errors early on, this potential was little used in terms of treatment technology and the question of treatment errors in psychoanalytic practice was long neglected. The author first gives an overview of the errors in psychotherapy that are important and then goes into the discussion of the negative treatment consequences of psychoanalytic therapies. Malpractice of treatment may be more important than ethical limit violations. Newer psychoanalytic concepts, which make it clear that psychoanalytic processes oscillate between success and failure and necessarily lead to "problematic" (onion) or "aporetic" (Schneider) situations, enable constructive access to treatment errors. Against this background, the main features of a psychoanalytic error culture can be described, which can contribute to the further development of psychoanalytic practice.

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