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Ehrenberg, D.B. (1994). Reply to Reviews by Barratt, Blechner, and Schwartz of The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction. Psychoanal. Dial., 4(2):303-316.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 4(2):303-316

Reply to Reviews by Barratt, Blechner, and Schwartz of The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction Related Papers

Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, Ph.D.

I am most appreciative of each of these reviews of my book. I feel understood in important ways and privileged to have had such a careful and considered reading. At the same time I also appreciate the opportunity to clarify my own position. I will address the three discussions in alphabetical order of author.

It is with pleasure that I begin by focusing on Dr. Barratt's comments about what I have attempted to grapple with and his view of its importance. First, however, I do want to note that although Barratt suggests my work represents the “interpersonal” point of view, I want to be clear that “interpersonal” at this time represents a diverse range of perspectives, and that my own work, which is informed by many points of view, not just by the interpersonal tradition, reflects my commitment to evolving theory and to finding ways of refining our ability to use ourselves as psychoanalytic instruments so as to enable us to be able to reach new limits of analytic possibility.

Turning now to some particular issues Barratt raises, I want to note that I agree that the question of what makes psychoanalytic dialogue psychoanalytic goes to the heart of the matter. We are all aware of how

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Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and an editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is in private practice in New York City.

1 The work of Winnicott, Little, Tower, Heimann, Klauber, and other analysts from the English school, and the work of Lipton, Gitelson, Nacht, Racker, Loewald, Bion, and Lacan, among many others, have informed my thinking. More recent dialogues with analysts as diverse as Hoffman, Gill, McDougall, Bollas, Levenson, Grotstein, and others have also helped me to define further my own position.

© 1994 The Analytic Press, Inc.

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