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Coburn, W.J. (2012). Search Yourself: Commentary on Paper by Kenneth A. Frank. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(3):328-340.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(3):328-340

Search Yourself: Commentary on Paper by Kenneth A. Frank

William J. Coburn, Psy.D.

This commentary has as its point of departure essential questions about selfhood, self-knowledge, and therapeutic action. Frank's contemporary redefinition of “mutual analysis” and its impact on the clinical surround are examined, with a special emphasis placed on the willingness of the analyst to change and grow. The vital role and theme of the analyst's emotional honesty are explored with an eye toward the clinical impact of contextualism, psychoanalytic complexity, and the personal attitudes that inevitably permeate the analytic relationship and its trajectory. This commentary, in concert with Frank's paper, encourages clinicians to embrace a more collaborative, mutually analytic posture in their clinical endeavors.

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