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Biancoli, R. (1995). “Center-to-Center” Relatedness between Analyst and Patient. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 4(2):105-109.

(1995). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 4(2):105-109

“Center-to-Center” Relatedness between Analyst and Patient

Romano Biancoli, Ph.D.

The distinction between having mode and being mode would seem to be the basis of the Frommian clinical approach, which finds its main application in the “center-to-center” relatedness between analyst and patient. The analyst can understand the patient because he/she experiences what the patient experiences. The dialogue is based on emotional and conceptual responses and reactions which are reciprocally communicated; both identities come into play. Psychoanalytic treatment which is not inspired by biophilia can only compile an inventory of data upon data, imposing interpretations and reconstructions. Biophilia makes psychoanalysis an art because it is applied to living things. The psychoanalytic session can save itself from the having mode by addressing the patient's living memory, which represents the past relived in the present, according to the being mode. The author comments on a psychoanalytic session.

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