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Geist, R.A. (2011). The Forward Edge, Connectedness, and the Therapeutic Process. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 6(2):235-251.

(2011). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6(2):235-251

The Forward Edge, Connectedness, and the Therapeutic Process

Richard A. Geist, Ed.D.

Marian Tolpin proposed an expanded theoretical framework for treating self-disorders—a framework than emphasized resuscitating thwarted normal development rather than healing pathology. This article suggests that the change in emphasis from pathology to health in the context of a connectedness sensibility encompasses important changes in how we listen and respond to our patients. Using a verbatim interview, the article discusses how a forward edge–connectedness listening perspective impacts empathic responsiveness, engaging the thread around which selfobject transferences evolve, and interpreting from within the patient's subjective world. The article illustrates how a connectedness listening perspective and responsiveness facilitates the emergence of tendrils of health, and it elucidates how, in most treatments, analyzing the forward edge of transference obviates the need to address the trailing edge.

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