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Alghamdi, M. (2018). Neutrality, the Essential, and the Deterrent in Clinical Settings: Why Should We Retain Neutrality in Relational Psychoanalysis?. IJP Open, 5:16.

(2018). IJP Open, 5:16

Neutrality, the Essential, and the Deterrent in Clinical Settings: Why Should We Retain Neutrality in Relational Psychoanalysis?

Mohammad Alghamdi

The concept of neutrality has been one of the most controversial and highly debated topics in the history of psychoanalysis. Other principles have been amalgamated into this concept. They include objectivity, anonymity, abstinence and equidistance, which have made it ambiguous and confusing. Some analysts outside the Freudian tradition have argued for its complete dismissal. In this paper, I present my argument, along with clinical material, that neutrality should remain in contemporary psychoanalysis, focusing on abstinence and equidistant neutrality and presenting a new understanding of it as middle ground and balancing process.

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