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

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On the Question of Self-Disclosure

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My purpose in this chapter is to discuss an issue in analytic work which arises with some frequency and which, in recent years, has been the focus of much interest and considerable controversy. I am referring to the matter of self-disclosure on the part of the analyst.

Self-disclosure is a broad and nonspecific term which encompasses a wide variety of self-revelatory behavior on the part of the analyst; behaviors that, ranging from a one-word response to a question to quite extensive revelations about the personal life of the analyst, are vastly different from one another and can neither be spoken of, nor evaluated, as a homogeneous group. Each instance of self-disclosure must ...

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