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Brickman, B. (2007). Reply to Gary Rodin's “Mutual Healing and Its Limits in the Psychoanalytic Situation”. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 2(4):429-433.

(2007). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 2(4):429-433

Reply to Gary Rodin's “Mutual Healing and Its Limits in the Psychoanalytic Situation”

Bernard Brickman, M.D.

In his reply, the author responds to the major point that Dr. Rodin raises regarding his concern about the potential for harm and patient exploitation such as the one described in his paper: an incapacitated analyst coupled with a grateful and accommodating patient. Dr. Brickman addressed this issue by highlighting some of the factors within the dyad that pushed the work in a favorable direction rather toward a catastrophic outcome. He addressed, too, the issue of the illusory nature of informed consent intrinsic to this case report by referring to the context of the analysand's strong urging that Dr. Brickman participate in telling their story.

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