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Arnetoli, C. (2002). Empathic Networks: Symbolic and Subsymbolic Representations in the Intersubjective Field. Psychoanal. Inq., 22(5):740-765.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 22(5):740-765

Empathic Networks: Symbolic and Subsymbolic Representations in the Intersubjective Field

Claudio Arnetoli, M.D.

An attempt is made to elaborate an analytic event consisting of a dream dreamt by the analyst and a corresponding memory told for the first time the next morning by the patient, both of which reflect the same content. The question that is addressed is, how did these same ideas occur simultaneously to both patient and analyst? The analytic dyad is envisioned as an integrated system, and connectionism is used to formulate the concept of an empathic network, with the assumption that the symbolic content (e.g., imagery, dreams, accounts of memories) emerges from an integrated system having both individual and personal representations and systemic and parallel distributed representations.

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