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Raphling, D.L. (1997). Interpretation As Comparison.. Psychoanal Q., 66:242-258.

(1997). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 66:242-258

Interpretation As Comparison.

David L. Raphling, M.D.

Analytic subjectivity may not be the problem it seems. What is crucial for patients is not that analysts possess the objective truth, but that patients see a truth for themselves. How they accomplish this may depend on the analyst's showing them a view of themselves that differs from their own and can be compared to it. Each aspect of experience is defined by its relation to another reference point. I propose that the interpretive process is a medium for knowing one's mind in relation to that of another. This has implications for issues of analytic authority and autonomy.

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