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Grebow, H. (2011). Enigma Variations: Discussion of Joye Weisel-Barth's “Katherine: A Long, Hard Case”. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 6(4):469-480.

(2011). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 6(4):469-480

Enigma Variations: Discussion of Joye Weisel-Barth's “Katherine: A Long, Hard Case”

Helen Grebow, Psy.D.

In my discussion of Joye Weisel-Barth's poignant and soul-searching article, I focus on the ways in which she illustrates the contrapuntal interplay of subjectivities and shifting frames in her complicated treatment of Katherine. Joye courageously and evocatively highlights complicated issues in her thoughtful recognition of the complexity of a contemporary analysis, the uniqueness of each analytic dyad, and the ways the unique subjectivity of each analyst shapes the analytic process. I focus on those aspects of this intricately woven narrative that illuminate the power of empathic understanding and authentic responsivity, and Joye's implied question of whether actions speak louder than words in the analytic process (i.e., the interplay of the implicit and the explicit and the impact of inevitable enactments). Finally, I consider Joye's embedded theme addressing the analyst's growth and development over years of experience, study, reflection, and self-reflection; and the process of mutual transformation in this long, hard analysis.

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