ABSTRACT

WEcomenowtotheanalyticalworkitself. Herethebeginnermayagainbereminded thattechnicalproficiencycomesonlywith practice,andthatthismustgohand-in-hand withastudyofpsycho-analyticalliterature. Letitbefreelyadmittedthatmanyofthe observationshewillfindinthestandard booksarenoteasytoacceptatfirst.Indeed thescientificcontributionsmadebyFreud duringthepastquarter-of-a-centuryrepresentnothinglessthanarevolutioninpsychology.Isittobewonderedthathisdiscoveries andthetheoreticalconceptionsbasedonthem havebeenfounddifficultofacceptanceby manywhoarealtogetherunfamiliarwiththe factshepresents,andhavegrownaccustomed toatheoreticalpsychologyofquiteanother kind?Buttothosewhoaresufficiently

inclinedtoaccepthisworkastomaketrialof itinthetreatmentofpsychicaldisease,my advicewouldbetoacceptnothingonamere ipsedixit,thoughequallytorejectnothing, howeverimprobableordisturbingitmay seem.Keepanopenmindandtest,stepby step,thevalidityofFreud'swork.Todo this,however,impliesbeginningatthebeginningandworkingsteadilyforward.There iselementarypsycho-analysis,andadvanced, andnotallcriticsofthelatterhaveputthemselv~stothetroubleofmasteringtheformer. Yetthesimpleshouldprecedethecomplex. Begin,therefore,withpracticalobservations onpatients(andonyourself),andseekto establishinthemtheelementaryfactsalready discoveredbyFreudandhisfollowers. Graduallyenoughmaterialwillbecollected toenableyoutobegintotestthetheoretical structureofpsycho-analysis.