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Shapiro, T. (1991). Words And Feelings In The Psychoanalytic Dialogue. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 39S(Supplement):321-348.

(1991). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 39S(Supplement):321-348

Words And Feelings In The Psychoanalytic Dialogue

Theodore Shapiro, M.D.

Psychoanalytic therapy requires that we render our feelings in words. Insofar as nominalization of feelings is required, we can apply a linguistic analysis to that process illuminating the range of effects that language has on these complex affective states. Syntactically, we notice the subject-object vectors of feelings. Semantically, we note the representational valence of affects as part of word definition. Pragmatically, the psychoanalytic situation provides a unique dialogic relationship not seen elsewhere. These parameters are elaborated for their significance to the process of psychoanalysis.

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