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Jacobs, T.J. (1973). Posture, Gesture, and Movement in the Analyst: Cues to Interpretation and Countertransference. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 21:77-92.

(1973). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 21:77-92

Posture, Gesture, and Movement in the Analyst: Cues to Interpretation and Countertransference

Theodore J. Jacobs, M.D.


In this communication, I have tried to show how the analyst's own bodily responses as he listens to, or otherwise interacts with, the patient can assist him in his analytic work. By monitoring his own kinesic behavior as it occurs in response to his shifting psychological state, he may be able to put himself more finely in tune with his unconscious reactions. This increased self-awareness can then be used, either in the service of providing clues to the meaning of the patient's communications, or in facilitating the recognition of previously undetected attitudes and feelings in the analyst himself.

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