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Poland, W.S. (2013). The Analyst's Approach and the Patient's Psychic Growth. Psychoanal Q., 82(4):829-847.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 82(4):829-847

The Analyst's Approach and the Patient's Psychic Growth

Warren S. Poland

Psychoanalysis, which shares many functions with other therapies, is built upon its unique concern for the unconscious forces active behind a patient's symptoms and difficulties. What defines psychoanalysis is the analyst's approach as a disciplined engagement in the service of exploring those forces and their roots, an approach that is the product of curiosity working in the service of the other. As a result of the analyst's actualizing this approach, the patient comes to benefit not only from whatever specific declarative interpretations and insights have been explicitly opened, but also, importantly, from observing and taking in the unspoken underlying psychoanalytic mental processes. In this light, the patient's significant capacities for empathy, a subject often neglected, are also discussed.

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