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McGleughlin, J. (2011). The Analyst's Necessary Vertigo. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(5):630-642.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5):630-642

The Analyst's Necessary Vertigo

Jade McGleughlin, L.I.C.S.W.

The euphemistic phrase “the difficult to reach patient” often refers to work with patients who have serious difficulties relating. The author examines the basic construct of “reach,” its pitfalls, and potentials. In the author's view, often we are talking about patients who do not fully experience their own subjective existence or the existence of others. This requires unusual efforts to “reach” the patient in order for the patient to consolidate a sense of self and other, creating the possibility of reflective relating. In contrast to views that see such psychoanalytic “reach” as associated primarily with the analyst's needs or pathology, the author views the analyst's extraordinary efforts as responsive to the patient's need to move the analyst into the foundations of the analyst's own being.

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