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The analyst's witnessing and otherness.

Authors
  • Poland, W S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
48
Issue
1
Identifiers
PMID: 10808473
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The analyst's active though silent witnessing of the patient's self-inquiry is presented as an essential aspect of the analytic process. Witnessing, though rooted in the analyst's empathy and holding, represents a more advanced development of those functions based on relational muturation from union to self-other differentiation. Self-definition and regard for otherness are seen as intrinsically unitary. Psychoanalytic witnessing is first illustrated and defined, then located as a derivative of negation in the unfolding of the analytic process, next considered in relation to current concerns for intersubjectivity, and finally linked to current shifts in philosophical thought.

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