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Greenberg, J. (2015). Therapeutic Action and the Analyst's Responsibility. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 63(1):15-32.

(2015). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 63(1):15-32

Therapeutic Action and the Analyst's Responsibility Related Papers

Jay Greenberg

Models of the psychoanalytic situation can usefully be thought of as fictions. Viewed this way, the models can be understood as narrative structures that shape what we are able to see and how we are able to think about what happens between us and our analysands. Theories of therapeutic action are elements of what can be called a “controlling fiction,” mediating between these theories and our very real responsibilities, both to our preferred method and to a suffering patient. This venture into comparative psychoanalysis is illustrated by a discussion of published case material.

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