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Abelin-Sas, G. (1997). The First Interview: From Psychopathology to Existential Diagnosis. J. Clin. Psychoanal., 6(1):95-106.

(1997). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 6(1):95-106

Clinical Speculations: First Impressions

The First Interview: From Psychopathology to Existential Diagnosis

Graciela Abelin-Sas, M.D.

Occasionally, an initial interview is the only chance we have to demonstrate to the person who consults with us that his or her existence could take a different direction, perhaps along pathways that have been hitherto unimaginable. I say, “the only chance,” since often enough there has been a long search and many previous attempts at solutions. Therefore our intervention may be extraordinarily meaningful and clarify, inspire, or open new perspectives.

This first encounter allows us to infer an existential script invisible to this person. We are the audience to a drama presented by a narrator who is unaware of the play or of the role in which he has been cast.

Some time ago I became acquainted with the impressive clinical work of Dr. Jorge De Gregorio.

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