Listening With the Third Ear

AN interesting addition to psychiatric literature for the layman. Dr. Reik’s book is the first to turn psychoanalysis inside out — that is to say, to study the analytic process from the standpoint of “the inner experience of a psychoanalyst.” The first part of the book is in the form of an autobiography. The ensuing discussion of cases handled by Dr. Reik centers on how the analyst arrives at his insights into the recesses of the patient’s mind. Reik’s original approach and his impressive honesty put into sharper focus the methods, uncertainties, limitations —and achievements — of psychoanalysis.