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Davies, J.E. (2011). Cultural Dimensions of Intersubjectivity: Negotiating “Sameness” and “Otherness” in the Analytic Relationship. Psychoanal. Psychol., 28(4):549-559.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(4):549-559

Cultural Dimensions of Intersubjectivity: Negotiating “Sameness” and “Otherness” in the Analytic Relationship

Julia E. Davies, Ph.D.

The cultural diversity of Western society has created an increasingly complex psychoanalytic intersubjective field. Cultural, class, racial, and familial dimensions of experience can never be separated in the psyche of the patient or analyst or in the analytic relationship. But the melding of these influences results in particular meanings for each patient, analyst, and analytic couple, and may be crucial to address for authentic connection and change to occur. A clinical case is presented in which uniquely melded cultural, class, and psychological meanings became enacted between patient and analyst, stimulating unexpected feelings in both, which enabled the emergence of a bridge across an apparent gulf of “otherness.”

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