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Shabad, P. (2017). The Vulnerability of Giving: Ethics and the Generosity of Receiving. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(6):359-374.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(6):359-374

Original Article

The Vulnerability of Giving: Ethics and the Generosity of Receiving

Peter Shabad, Ph.D.

In this article, I describe how the interchange of giving and receiving is centrally implicated in the developmental/ethical journey from holding on to oneself toward a receptive embrace of a different Other. Since people’s lives are shaped by an inherent passion of offering one’s expressive contributions to the larger world, the challenge of the ethical turn requires a generous humility of receiving what others have to offer. When an individual has attained a sense of belonging because of being received himself/herself by significant persons, he/she is better able to mobilize the graciousness of welcoming the gifts of others. Finally, I emphasize the clinical import of the therapist being sufficiently open as a person so as to provide the patient with the opportunity and dignity to give of himself/herself as well.

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