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Symington, N. (1983). The Analyst's Act of Freedom as Agent of Therapeutic Change. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 10:283-291.

(1983). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 10:283-291

The Analyst's Act of Freedom as Agent of Therapeutic Change

Neville Symington


I have tried to demonstrate from some clinical examples that the analyst's inner act of freedom causes a therapeutic shift in the patient. I have tried then to follow through the implications of this fact. It implies a form of communication between patient and analyst that is at the primary process level. It seems also to require that we acknowledge a fusing at the superego level to produce a corporate entity. The analytical process works to free the two people from this corporateness.

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