Coparticipant Psychoanalysis: Toward a New Theory of by John Fiscalini

By John Fiscalini

-- Elizabeth Goren, Ph.D., chair, Interpersonal Orientation, long island collage Postdoctoral software in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

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This takes us to another important characteristic of coparticipant inquiry, the fifth one in our list. individuation of metapsychology and methodology Given the uniqueness of patient and analyst and thus the uniqueness of their analytic relationship, it follows that coparticipant inquiry invites what Wolstein (1988) refers to as a radical individuation of psychoanalytic metapsychologies (interpretive perspectives). As Wolstein observes, Every patient and every psychoanalyst is free . . to pursue any interpretive and speculative outlook on metapsychology, old or new, that interests either or both of them.

The analyst was the analyst and the patient was the patient and nothing more. The theory did not view analytic work as a coanalysis of both patient and analyst. Patient and analyst were simply not viewed as equals in analysis. Yet Sullivan’s interpersonal contributions have played a major role in the development of coparticipant analytic inquiry. Today, many modern analysts, from a variety of theoretical perspectives and schools of thought, practice some form of coparticipant inquiry. In particular, contemporary interpersonal analysts developed more comprehensive versions of Sullivan’s approach to the psychoanalytic situation.

26 coparticipation Thus, we shall now turn to the second major feature of coparticipant inquiry—the dynamism of a personal self. the dynamics of the personal self Coparticipant inquiry is characterized by a unique dialectic. On the one hand, coparticipant inquiry represents a radical interpersonal concept of copartnered inquiry and readily appreciates the centrality of field dynamics, as expressed in mutual analysis. At the same time, coparticipant inquiry, especially in its more comprehensive forms, is characterized by a complementary appreciation of the unique individuality of the analytic participants (more accurately, coparticipants).

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