The Search for Psychic Truth

by Fred Busch, PhD



Emphasizing psychic truths as the major domain of psychoanalysis, the author explores the complexity of defining such psychic truths. It is suggested that thinking of levels of psychic truths is the most useful approach. How to understand trauma and historical truth within this context is examined. The role of the analyst as aiding the search for psychic truths, rather than functioning as psychic “truth teller,” is discussed within the context of paradigmatic changes in the psychoanalytic method that form an emerging common ground.


Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 85/2: 339-360, April 2016.

Link to Online Publication (can be requested from the library).


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Judy L. Kantrowitz, PhD (2016). Appreciation of the Importance of the Patient–Analyst “Match”. Psychiatry, 79:1, 23-28.

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Fred Busch (2015). Our Vital Profession. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96/3:553-568.

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Rita K. Teusch (2015). Sadomasochistic Relations Between Ego and Superego in Anorexic Patients. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32/1: 191-212, October 2015.

Anthony D. Bram and Jed Yalof (2015). Quantifying Complexity: Personality Assessment and Its Relationship With Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 35, 74-97.

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