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

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CHAPTER EIGHT

CONTROVERSIES AND ANSWERS: COMMUNICATION AND A SPIRIT OF INQUIRY RECONSIDERED

Insight and Relationship

The impetus for writing a book is generally to say no and yes. We want to say no to the polarization of insight and relationship. The debate has had its usefulness in bringing forth the previously unacknowledged power of relational elements during analytic therapy, so much so that it would seem in the view of many to be the central or dominant mode of bringing about change. Indeed, in many of our clinical examples we have described moments in which the relational connection—its disruption and repair—has been crucial in moving the treatment forward. In chapter 4 we have explicitly described a number of relational-centered moments ...

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