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

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Some Reflections on Slippery Slopes and an Approach to those on the Edge

Reflecting on their considerable experience with analysts and therapists who have committed sexual boundary violations, Gabbard and Lester (2002) have observed that, although we analysts would like to see these individuals as very different from ourselves, in fact this is not so. Their histories, their dynamics, their weaknesses and vulnerabilities are not substantially different from ours. And, turning the usual question about boundary violators on its head, they ask why, given the sustained intimacy of the analytic situation, the power of the transference, and the strength of feelings that can be—and are—unleashed in the course of the analytic encounter, there are not ...

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