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

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In Search of the Mind of the Analyst

A Progress Report

Over the past two decades, there has been an unparalleled interest in the question of the analyst’s subjectivity. All around us—at meetings, in the hallways and corridors of our institutes, in curbside discussions and more formal presentations—analysts have been debating the validity and implications of an increasingly prevalent view of the analytic situation. Simply put, it is this: that analysis is an undertaking that inevitably involves two people; two minds, two hearts, two life histories in dynamic interaction; and that unconscious communications transmitted from both participants, and not solely those arising from the inner world of the patient, contribute in significant ways to ...

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