Working Intersubjectively: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic by Donna M. Orange

By Donna M. Orange

During this readable assessment of intersubjectivity concept, Orange, Atwood, and Stolorow provide contextualist reviews of the idea that of psychoanalytic approach and of the parable of analytic neutrality, study the intersubjective contexts of maximum states of mental disintegration, after which learn what it potential, philosophically and clinically, to imagine and paintings contextually.

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She was reluctant to point out the pattern to him, imagining he would feel shamed. Yet the merely polite responses were evidently also problematic. It seemed time to experiment. Perhaps, the analyst thought, he needed her to talk about herself to him. So, one Monday, when he asked what she had done on the weekend, she said she'd mostly done chores, had done some reading, and had been to a concert. " he wanted to know. And how 34 Chapter 2 had the analyst liked it? After a somewhat more lengthy reply, they began to talk of his weekend, and he moved more easily into the work of the session.

483), and Wolf (1983) has suggested that Kohut's definition of empathy "implies an attitude of objec­ tivity with regard to the patient's subjectivity" (p. 675). To expect that an analyst can be neutral or objective with respect to a patient's subjectivity, and thereby gaze upon the patient's expe­ rience with pure and innocent eyes, is tantamount to requiring the analyst to banish his or her own psychological organization from the analytic system. This, in our view, is an impossible feat, especially when the most powerful expressions of the patient's subjectivity are directed toward the analyst—hardly a disinter­ ested party.

These concerned anonymity, abstinence, neutrality, and the use of the couch. Further elaborated by Freudians and Kleinians (Bergmann and Hartman, 1976; Etchegoyen, 1991), the recommendations became rules and persist as our collective "psychoanalytic superego" to this day. Despite the creative fer­ ment and dissent in psychoanalysis from Ferenczi to the present, these rules have formed a psychoanalytic backbone and have often formed the "common ground," to use Wallerstein's term, among widely diverging schools of psychoanalytic thinking.

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