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By Chris Jaenicke

During this clinically rich and deeply own booklet, Chris Jaenicke demonstrates that the healing approach consists of swap in either the sufferer and the analyst, and that treatment would not have a long-lasting impression till the inevitability and intensity of the analyst's involvement within the intersubjective box is best understood. In different phrases, that allows you to switch, we needs to let ourselves to be replaced. this may take place in the classes themselves, as one grasps the impact of and decenters from one's personal subjectivity, with cumulative results over the process the remedy. hence the method, obstacles, and medication of psychotherapy are cocreated, with no displacing the asymmetrical nature of roles and accountability. basically, past the theories and methods, it's the specificity of our subjectivity because it interacts with the patient's subjectivity which performs the imperative function within the healing method.

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Sometimes it is another significant person in a patient’s life, but by and large, in many cultures, if not all, it is father and mother, brothers and sisters. From the many repetitive interactions with mother, father, and siblings, we will have drawn our largely unconscious, emotional conclusions of who 26 Change in Psychoanalysis we are, the nature of the other and the world: For example, if mother or father repeatedly said, “You better be careful, that might be too demanding for you,” we will feel we are ineffectual and avoid challenges.

It was my contention that psychoanalysis overemphasized a reliance on theory and technique as a way to avoid the acceptance of the risk of relatedness which comes with a profound understanding of the interdependent nature of human existence. To briefly recapitulate: Infused by Cartesian and Darwinian thinking, the myth of the isolated mind sees human beings as essentially isolated monads, estranged and cut off from the sustaining surround, embattled in a fight for survival. In contrast, intersubjectivity theory sees human existence as highly context-sensitive and dependent on its 18 Change in Psychoanalysis surround and therefore as basically vulnerable.

The discussion of the case material up to this point had culminated in two related questions. Was I reacting in the best interest of my patient by not confronting her and was my reaction based on an erroneous theoretical understanding, which in turn was intricately entwined with my own subjectivity? Did the limitations of my subjectivity conveniently dovetail with my self-psychologically based theory, or would a drive theory of aggression have been more helpful for the patient? Had I viewed her rage not as a reaction to narcissistic injury, but as a primary motive, then I would have had to confront her.

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