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Greenberg, J. (2013). Action, Agency, and Empathy: Schafer on the Analyst's Dilemma. Psychoanal Q., 82(1):63-76.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82(1):63-76

Action, Agency, and Empathy: Schafer on the Analyst's Dilemma

Jay Greenberg

Throughout his career, a central feature of Roy Schafer's theorizing has been to highlight the role of activity and personal agency in every facet of human experience. This theme has remained at the forefront of Schafer's work, despite being embedded within different frames of reference. In this paper, the author highlights Schafer's focus on activity, notes some clinical problems to which it can give rise, and suggests the way that Schafer has attempted to deal with these difficulties.

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