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Välimäki, J. (2019). The personal role of the psychoanalyst in dealing with the developmental endeavours of the patient. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 42(1-2):52-61.

(2019). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 42(1-2):52-61

The personal role of the psychoanalyst in dealing with the developmental endeavours of the patient

Jukka Välimäki

The personal role of the analyst is generally recognized to be of significance in psychoanalytic treatment. The concept of the analyst as a new object is rather widely accepted, including an activated emotional attitude in the analyst towards the patient. The aim of the article is to demonstrate by means of two clinical vignettes the significance of the personal attitude of the analyst in promoting analytic change. In the case descriptions of the article the personal attitude of the analyst comes out in the recognition and implicit acceptance of the activated developmental endeavours of the patient. In doing this the analyst also let it be implicitly understood by the patient, that his attitude as a new object is at the same time also a generally valid human response to his/her actualized developmental endeavour. It is further argued, that today the vastly studied psychoanalytic developmental theory when applied into the psychoanalytic treatment gives additional support to the view of the scientific grounds of psychoanalyses.

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