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Lazar, R. (2016). What Are We Doing There? A Therapeutic Tale. Psychoanal. Dial., 26(3):248-258.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26(3):248-258

What Are We Doing There? A Therapeutic Tale

Rina Lazar, Ph.D.

In this paper I try to portray our interpsychic work as reflective of an infinite conversation: an intersubjective dreaming of one’s life, moving between multiple positions/self-states, those of the patient and our own; becoming involved while pondering the movement we are part of, sometimes in our hearts and minds, many times aloud and openly with our patient; recognizing her experience and enabling her to see us, and sometimes not reflecting at all—“the “moving talk.” The dilemma of the therapist’s positioning, internally and interpersonally, is further postulated, especially in regard to the posttraumatic patient who suffered severe childhood abuse.

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