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Goldberg, A. (2002). Enactment as Understanding and as Misunderstanding. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 50(3):869-883.

(2002). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 50(3):869-883

Enactment as Understanding and as Misunderstanding

Arnold Goldberg

The author considers the concept of enactment as a ubiquitous event that is best seen as part of a sequence in the process of understanding a patient. As such, enactments are not unusual or special save as they are often subject to disavowal or to being singled out by the analyst as especially subject to scrutiny. Once recognized, enactments need to be interpreted: not so much in terms of their unconscious origins, but more with regard to the need to include them in the analytic dialogue.

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