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Poland, W.S. (2000). The Analyst's Witnessing and Otherness. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 48(1):17-34.

(2000). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 48(1):17-34

The Analyst's Witnessing and Otherness Related Papers

Warren S. Poland

The analyst's active though silent witnessing of the patient's self-inquiry is presented as an essential aspect of the analytic process. Witnessing, though rooted in the analyst's empathy and holding, represents a more advanced development of those functions based on relational maturation from union to self-other differentiation. Self-definition and regard for otherness are seen as intrinsically unitary. Psychoanalytic witnessing is first illustrated and defined, then located as a derivative of negation in the unfolding of the analytic process, next considered in relation to current concerns for intersubjectivity, and finally linked to current shifts in philosophical thought.

At the core of the being of each person there is a solitude in which he is related to himself…. The ground of genuine analytic work in the analyst is his attitude of respect for this solitude.

Charles Hanly

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