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The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction
The Intimate Edge Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction Author:Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg Using vivid case examples, psychoanalyst Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg invites readers to experience the intimacy of the consulting room. In this context she elaborates why the recognition of the interactive nature of the analytic field has profound and radical implications for one's thinking about analytic technique, regardless of theoretical orie... more »ntation.
She distinguishes between theory of technique, which relates to what one does with awareness and intention, and theory of therapeutic action, which has to do with what is healing in the psychoanalytic interaction, whether or not it evolves from "technique." Her premise is that becoming more attuned to the therapeutic aspects of the interaction, which often elude awareness, and to the dialectical relationship between the interpersonal and the intrapsychic can enable psychoanalysts to refine their theory of technique and ability to use themselves as analytic instruments so as to expand the limits of what can be achieved with all patients through analytic work.« less