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Parent, B.G. (2005). Tessman, Lora Heims. The Analyst's Analyst Within. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 2003. Pp. 363. Hbk. £45.99.. J. Anal. Psychol., 50(4):546-547.

(2005). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 50(4):546-547

Tessman, Lora Heims. The Analyst's Analyst Within. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 2003. Pp. 363. Hbk. £45.99.

Review by:
Bruce G. Parent

The Analyst's Analyst Within by Lora Heims Tessman is a work that testifies to the author's compassionate exploration of the topic suggested by its title. As such it is an illuminating and sensitive reflection upon the stories of analysts, and the differences between ideas within theories and techniques when compared to the mindsets, dynamics, and pathos of the people who come to find themselves as analysts. Naturally such a topic does not unfold without contradictions and irony, the first of which is that the author sets about her task as if it were a work of social psychology suggesting that its value would be in the cool and clinical observations that lead to valid and reliable results. This proposition is countered by the author's poetic sensitivity for the anecdote, the person, and the process of continually coming to be alive within oneself and with another. The former structure gives the book a certain distance, whereas the latter gives the work a sense of value, colour and meaning. In the end this poetic sensibility holds the work together. It is as if her sensitivity becomes a beautiful device for reminding us that we are not to get lost in research methodology and presentation, but rather to remember her quoting of Antonia Machado: ‘Traveler, there is no road; the road comes into being as you go’ (p. 270).

The author's exploration of her topic begins with her thoughtful questions about the nature of the inner ‘analyst’ within the practising analyst.

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