Change in Psychoanalysis: An Analyst’s Reflections on the by Chris Jaenicke

By Chris Jaenicke

During this clinically rich and deeply own booklet, Chris Jaenicke demonstrates that the healing approach consists of switch in either the sufferer and the analyst, and that treatment would not have a long-lasting impact until eventually the inevitability and intensity of the analyst's involvement within the intersubjective box is healthier understood. In different phrases, to be able to swap, we needs to let ourselves to be replaced. this may ensue in the classes themselves, as one grasps the impact of and decenters from one's personal subjectivity, with cumulative results over the process the therapy. therefore the method, obstacles, and treatment of psychotherapy are cocreated, with no displacing the asymmetrical nature of roles and accountability. basically, past the theories and strategies, it's the specificity of our subjectivity because it interacts with the patient's subjectivity which performs the crucial position within the healing approach.

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This is a good illustration of the crunch in that the patient’s subjectivity—his fundamental feeling of being unseen—brought forth and clashed with the analyst’s basic feeling of being ignored, unrecognized, and punished for his innocent expansiveness. ” Even his familiarity with the concept of empathy could not help him in this instance. As so often in stalemate situations, patient and analyst were experiencing analogous states. This in-depth analytic process had evolved to the point where the basic premises of life clashed.

He only knew that he felt angry toward the patient. I asked him why. He said he felt that the patient was unrealistic in his expectations and couldn’t judge the reality of his relationships, pursuing, for instance, a woman New Perspectives in Psychoanalysis who clearly had no interest in him. ” Together we were able to find out that it was the patient’s innocence that angered the therapist. The careful exploration of the supervisee’s feelings led to the memory of his own feelings of innocence as a 5-year-old boy.

In terms of trying to make clear what working intersubjectively actually entails I am in an analogous conflict between the need for self-protection and the necessity for disclosure, between the incompleteness of one-sided case descriptions and—due to the need for discretion—the limitations of fuller disclosure. A Practica l Approach to t he Intersubjective Field I would like to employ a writing technique I’ve always admired in Freud’s work. Having sailed off in one direction, I would now New Perspectives in Psychoanalysis 25 like to take a different tack, in the hope of moving forward.

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