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Chavis, D.A. (2017). Panel Report, IPA Congress Buenos Aires 2017: What Does Intimacy in the Analytic Setting Mean?. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(6):1775-1778.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(6):1775-1778

Panel Report, IPA Congress Buenos Aires 2017: What Does Intimacy in the Analytic Setting Mean?

Douglas A. Chavis

Chair: Fred Busch

Presenters: Stefano Bolognini, Virginia Ungar and Claudio Eizirik

Reporter: Douglas A. Chavis

Fred Busch introduced this Panel, suggesting a focus on the significance of the term intimacy for psychoanalytic treatment. Referring to Ingram, he wonders if a “therapeutic intimacy” occurs between patient and analyst, and how it may be theoretically and clinically understood? Busch recognizes analysts who believe intimacy may impair the development of transference, and others who believe that it may deepen the transference. Intimacy may be associated with a positive maternal transference derived from a nurturing mother, and it may also cause anxiety and be phobically avoided. Busch suggests defining psychoanalytic intimacy as the “experience of a shared goal to help the analysand find or re-find her mind”.

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