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Schafer, R. (1964). The Clinical Analysis of Affects. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 12:275-299.

(1964). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 12:275-299

The Clinical Analysis of Affects

Roy Schafer, Ph.D.


I have discussed the analytic investigation of the occasions, meanings, functions, and changes of emotion. I have surveyed eight general aspects and reference points of this investigation: affect

existence, affect formation, affect strength (including optimal strength), affect stimuli (internal and external), affect complexity and paradox, affect location (in terms of time, layer, person, and zone, and with particular emphasis on so-called borrowed affects and repersonification of affects), affect communication (interpersonal and intrapsychic, with particular reference to empathy), and affect history. It is obvious that the analysis of affects is concerned not only with feelings but with the ideas, attitudes, fantasies, impulses, defenses, and all the other familiar major categories of analytic data from which they are inseparable. Affect analysis is therefore only one facet of the total psychoanalytic process.

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