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Jacobs, T. (1999). On the Question of Self-Disclosure by the Analyst: Error or Advance in Technique?. Psychoanal Q., 68(2):159-183.

(1999). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 68(2):159-183

On the Question of Self-Disclosure by the Analyst: Error or Advance in Technique?

Theodore Jacobs, M.D.

The question of self-disclosure by the analyst and its uses in treatment is an issue widely debated today. In this paper, the author reviews this controversial technique from historical and contemporary points of view, delineates several forms of selfdisclosure, and, by means of several clinical examples, discusses the effects on the patient and the analytic process of utilizing one or another kind of self-disclosure in these particular situations.

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