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A Spirit of Inquiry by James L. Fosshage, Frank M. Lachmann, Joseph D. Lichtenberg

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CHAPTER SEVEN

VERBAL AND NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION DURING ANALYSIS

“The message contains the message” (Lichtenberg, Lachmann, and Fosshage, 1996, pp. 94–95). This principle of technique places communication in the center of our approach to psychoanalytic therapy. What the message consists of has been the subject of each of our clinical chapters. We have considered spontaneity and flexibility in moment-to-moment exchanges in chapter 3. The dynamism of words, feelings, and enacted interplay that moves implicit and explicit memory and relatively rigid relational schemas toward positive change was discussed in chapter 4. In chapter 5, we addressed the silent but powerful influence of past relational configurations. We described the body as both a ...

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