Psychoanalysis as a profession: Past failures and future possibilities

Journal Article or Monograph

Title: Psychoanalysis as a profession: Past failures and future possibilities
Year: 2003
Authors: Eisold, K.

Recent sociology of the professions calls attention to the 'project' of professionalization, the process by means of which a practice or vocation acquires and sustains the status of a profession. From this perspective the author examines the shortcomings of psychoanalysis: its fragmentation, the failure to present a united or at least coherent face to the public; its inability to establish its professional authority in a consistent and convincing manner; and its persistent ambiguity about the nature of the service it offers to the public, the work it undertakes to provide.

Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Profession, Fragmentation, Validation, Ambiguous goals
Language: English

Journal: Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Volume: 39
Issue: 00
Start page: 557
End page: 582
Publisher ID:

Submitted by:
Anne C. Fruge
Faculty and Supervisor
The William Alanson White Institutte
Corresponding author: Kenneth Eisold

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