Evolution of a “classic” psychoanalytic institute: Escape from Rome

Leon Hoffman

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The author describes the evolution of theory and practice at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The core concepts at the Institute have included the importance of unconscious fantasy, conflict and compromise theory, transference and countertransference, and defense analysis. In recent years, a variety of contemporary analytic theories have been incorporated into the theory and practice of the Institute. The importance of systematized research to theory development and practice is stressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-120
Number of pages24
JournalPsychoanalytic Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Conflict and compromise for-mation
  • Contemporary psychoanalytic theories
  • Defense analysis
  • Research
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Transference and countertransference
  • Unconscious fantasy


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