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Kenerson, R.F. (1986). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East. Psychoanal Q., 55:212.

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(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:212

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East

Robert F. Kenerson

DISCUSSION: The participants congratulated Dr. Silverman on his courage in bringing to their attention this controversial subject. Many comments were directed toward the nature of the relationship that emerges between analyst and analysand, the common analytic language that develops, and the emotional resonance that is very similar to the sensitivity developed between mother and child. A number of discussants saw these trends as reflecting the regressive aspect that is part of the analytic process. Dr. Evelyne Schwaber emphasized the analyst's inattention, with the "correspondence" arising in the context of the analysand's efforts to re-engage the analyst. Dr. Arthur Valentstein stated his position of general resistance to the idea of telepathy but noted that he had had several "correspondence" experiences that indicated some kind of mutual subliminal repression between analyst and analysand which approached what is called thought transference. Comments were then offered which supported the idea that there may be more than five senses—a sixth sense that perhaps lies in the realm of proprioception, a sense that blind people, for example, rely upon greatly to recognize other people. This sense may account for many of the subliminal cues communicated between analyst and analysand that might explain some of the correspondences. Dr. Jerome Sashin again mentioned the distinction between correspondences and true telepathy. The participants did not reach a definitive position on the matter and will await further elucidation from Dr. Silverman in the near future.

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