Recent Developments in Psychoanalytic Theorizing

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Abstract

The last decade or so has been a time of extraordinary change within psychoanalytic thinking. This paper addresses the revolutionary movement toward an interactional view of the analytic process, which has had enormous impact on the way psychoanalysts are thinking about their work, and great importance for exploring the interface between psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies. First, some clinical material is provided as a point of reference. Second, the logic of the classical model of the analytic situation is examined, explaining why it necessarily led to an inattention to interaction. Third, some of the different traditions of psychoanalytic thought moving in an interactive direction are considered.

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