Establishing a strong relationship through psychoanalysis serves as the ultimate goal for both the analyst who practice this therapy and the individuals who agree to undergo it. The evolution of it has been continual since Sigmund Freud first brought it to the forefront more than a century ago.
Upon deeper analysis from people like Patrick Mahony, Freud’s methods and the legacy that they left behind can sometimes not be exactly what they seem. For example, patient relationships that through anecdotal information over generations, appeared to be close as they relate to Freud, were in reality a little more tenuous than he let on.
As a result, that variance in regard to the proximity of Freud’s relationship with individual patients undoubtedly colored his overall perceptions of the ongoing treatment. This was detected by Patrick Mahony through a careful perusal of the archives in Austria that house Freud’s surviving work.
Freud helped popularize a close one-on-one relationship with a patient for an extended period of time, since it was more likely to push across a more positive treatment than one of an intermittent period or one where in-person contact is non-existent.
Patrick Mahony was one of the first to note the contrasts between Freud’s writings to the world and his private musings in relation to his ongoing consultations with patients. While Mahony makes no effort in his research to expose some dark secret about Freud’s work, he does provide a window into how that legend was created.