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The Possible Profession:The Analytic Process of Change by Theodore J. Jacobs

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5

On Unconscious Communications and Covert Enactments

Some Reflections on Their Role in the Analytic Situation

Several years ago, I attended a meeting in which my friend and colleague, the late Dr. James McLaughlin, was speaking. At one point in his talk, which was about enactments, he surprised me by stating that the term “enactment” was coined by Ted Jacobs in 1986.

I had no idea that this was true. I had always thought that the word was in general use and that I had simply borrowed it to describe certain behaviors of my patients, and of my own, because I preferred it to the term “acting out,” which always seemed to me to have pejorative connotations.

Since that time, the term “enactment” has been so widely employed in America that it is impossible ...

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