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Nacht, S. (1962). The Curative Factors in Psycho-Analysis—Contributions to Discussion. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 43:233.

(1962). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 43:233

The Curative Factors in Psycho-Analysis—Contributions to Discussion

S. Nacht

(vi) S. NACHT (Reply)

I believe I caused some astonishment when I tried to define what should be the analyst's inner attitude, which in my opinion conditions all the other curative factors. When people ask: 'What does Dr Nacht mean by "The analyst must bring love to his patient",' it is difficult to reply in plain and clear words. When we give interpretations to our patients, we are obliged to proceed via the conscious to reach the unconscious. And here we can do nothing but use ordinary language.

But we know well—or at least we ought to—that there is a difference between what we say when we only want to reach the patient's conscious and the language we use in order to reach the patient's unconscious. If I spoke about the deep inner attitude of the analyst, it is precisely because it has a great importance when he tries to come into contact with his patient's unconscious, and I should say that inner attitude should be impregnated with love for his patient. Of course not the same kind of love he has, for instance, for his brother, his wife, or his close friend. No, it is a kind of love in which he is not personally concerned, although it is a deep feeling. I suppose it is rather difficult to describe it in common language, although I had to try to do so. It is a kind of openness that one can understand only if he has already experienced it himself with his patients in the analytic relationship. That is why I am sorry not to be able to give any better answer to those who made objections about what I tried to describe as the deep inner attitude of the analyst.

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