Apologia pro vita mea: an intellectual odyssey. Part two
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Submission date: 2015-08-19
Acceptance date: 2015-08-20
Publication date: 2015-10-19
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Richard Chessick   

Department of, Street, Code Chicago, United States
Arch Psych Psych 2015;17(3):64-88
The second part of my memoir deals with the evolution, over three decades of the turbulent last half of the 20th century, of two major aspects of my study of the human mind, psychodynamic psychotherapy (psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy) and the treatment of the so-called borderline patient. I outline here the development of principles of psychodynamic therapy as I attempted to move from the research laboratory out into the field of human endeavor, which led me to a series of publications on the subject. At the same time psychodynamic psychotherapy shifted from being the central endeavor of psychiatrists to a very secondary occupation now mainly practiced by non-physicians. The same is true for the psychodynamic psychotherapy of the borderline patient that I had to learn how to do the hard way in order to survive and provide for my family, and that remains a very controversial subject even today.
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