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Hartman, S. (2006). Disclosure, Dis-closure, Diss/clothes/sure: Commentary on Paper by Helen K. Gediman. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(3):273-292.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(3):273-292

Disclosure, Dis-closure, Diss/clothes/sure: Commentary on Paper by Helen K. Gediman Related Papers

Stephen Hartman, Ph.D.

In response to Gediman's paper, I argue that disclosure is really not a choice. It happens all the time, revealing how that which is co-constructed has always already been there. One dis-closes that which has already been (in some unformulated way) disclosed. This entails a radically different understanding of what disclosure is, how it happens, when it is judicious to disclose, and what it means to interpret than was the case in the Freudian tradition. By contrasting Gediman's view of disclosure with a postmodern one, I argue that the relational perspective understands and structures knowledge differently than its Freudian forebear and that it is not possible to choose among paradigms. The clinical theory that emerges in relational practice is contrasted to Freudian technique-based theory. A strong case is made for the interdependence of theory and practice in relational psychoanalysis.

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