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Poland, W. (2017). Ethics and the Psychoanalytic Hard Problem. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(4):414-422.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(4):414-422

Ethics and the Psychoanalytic Hard Problem

Warren S. Poland, M.D.

The ethical aspect of self and other engagement is recognized as essential to analytic inquiry, practice, and theory, indeed as central to understanding the life of humanity in general. This valid and important viewpoint apt for relational views lives alongside the intrapsychic aspects of mental functioning that are autonomous and nonethical in their essential processes. Integrating the simultaneous truths of two-person and one-person points of view is the hard problem of psychoanalysis.

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