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Poland, W.S. (1992). From Analytic Surface to Analytic Space. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 40:381-404.

(1992). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 40:381-404

From Analytic Surface to Analytic Space

Warren S. Poland, M.D.


Utilizing a clinical illustration, the concept of the surface of the patient's mind, which arose early in analytic history, is reexamined in relation to the analytic space, the unique affective and communicative dyadic context of the analytic process. The shift from analytic surface to analytic space reflects in clinical theory the metapsychological shift from early structural views to current appreciation of compromise formation. Also, this approach permits broadening of consideration of active unconscious forces in both the patient and the analyst.

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