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Geffner, A.H. (2003). Introduction. Psychoanal. Perspect., 1(1):43-43.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 1(1):43-43



Amanda Hirsch Geffner, M.A., C.S.W.

The following essay by and interview with James L. Fosshage, Ph.D. is the first of what is planned to be a regular feature of Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Our intention is to provide a unique window into the clinical experience of prominent psychoanalysts and other types of therapists at work. Interviews with researchers and experts in fields related to and informing psychoanalysis will also be featured on occasion. In terms of practice, we seek a greater sense of access to just what it is that makes a given clinician tick, who he or she is personally and professionally, and how that translates into what occurs in the highly individualized environment of the consulting room. The use of an interview format, it is hoped, will provide a greater sense of acquaintance with not only the work and thought of a given interviewee, but also (where applicable) with his or her personal trajectory into our shared, though variably-practiced, profession.

The current interview of Dr. Fosshage, by Dan Shaw, C.S.W., begins with an exploration of Fosshage's thoughts on self psychology, the psychoanalytic theory with which he is most identified-locating its' intersection with, as well as its' divergence from, the other analytic schools of thought, and addressing various controversial themes along the way. Then by discussing the vignette presented in his essay, the interview focuses upon the way Fosshage works with patients, the clinical choices he makes and why. This section then leads into a deeper exploration of some of the unique personal qualities that this analyst brings to his work, tracing their origins to aspects of his life experience and illuminating the interrelatedness of his theory, his practice, and his core sense of self.

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