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

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On The Status of Nonverbal Communications

Some Reflections on Their Role in the Analytic Process and Analytic Education

Although long recognized as an important pathway for communication, the nonverbal behavior of both patient and analyst is an aspect of the analytic situation that receives comparatively little attention either in supervision or in the teachings of technique. With the exception of those colleagues who have a special interest in this area, it is uncommon for supervisors to regularly inquire about, or for students to regularly report on, the nonverbal behavior of their patients. When, in fact, the focus of attention in supervision shifts to such material, often it is because difficulties have arisen in the case that are not explainable ...

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