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Anderson, R.W. (2000). Response to Richard Kradin's ‘Generosity a psychological and interpersonal factor of therapeutic relevance’ and his ‘Reply to Ann Casement’. J. Anal. Psychol., 45(1):123-130.

(2000). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 45(1):123-130

Response to Richard Kradin's ‘Generosity a psychological and interpersonal factor of therapeutic relevance’ and his ‘Reply to Ann Casement’ Related Papers

Reid W. Anderson, Ph.D.

(JAP 1999, 44, 2, pp. 221-36 & 245-8)

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Kradin's assertion that generosity is a constructive interaction between analyst and analysand, rather than defensive enactment, is quite interesting.

By defining generosity as ‘a privately felt and shared experience’, he alludes to an event or moment when both benefactor and beneficiary are not only enriched, but grateful (Kradin 1999a, p. 224). Kradin (1999a) insists such generosity: (1) ‘represents a cardinal therapeutic factor, capable of ameliorating the pathogenic effects of harsh introjects and their archetypal cores’ (p. 231); (2) is the essential motivating feature of the therapeutic attitude (p. 232); and (3) ‘that the question analysts must ask themselves is not whether we “love” our patients, but whether we have the capacity to be generous towards them (ibid.)’.

Responding to these assertions, Casement (1999) states:

‘The expansive breadth of the paper may suit its theme but the paper's allusive style leaves it unclear as to what links the author is making to the other works that are cited.’

(p. 237)

Concluding he had not ‘somehow failed to clearly convey what [he] meant by generosity’, Kradin chooses not to ‘accommodate' Casement with ‘a clearer definition’ (Kradin 1999b, p. 245).

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