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Goldberg, S.H. (1987). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Self Knowledge through Immediate Experience. Benjamin Wolstein. Pp. 617-625.. Psychoanal Q., 56:732-733.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Self Knowledge through Immediate Experience. Benjamin Wolstein. Pp. 617-625.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:732-733

Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Self Knowledge through Immediate Experience. Benjamin Wolstein. Pp. 617-625.

Steven H. Goldberg

In response to "The Psychotherapy of Rage," an article by Jeffrey Nason published in a previous issue of this journal, Wolstein advances another point of view on this topic, namely that rage, anger, and aggression derive from the experience of "failing individuation and therefore unlived uniqueness." Wolstein feels that the analyst's attempts to interpret this rage compound the patient's problem, since they superimpose "yet another layer of an attitudinized façade over the still unworked-through

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rage that continues to smolder within." Only through the direct experience of the unique, personal roots of his rage does the patient begin to work through the rage. The patient needs "to understand the privately inflected rage arising within himself, and move it through his immediate experience into conscious awareness with his analyst." If the analyst interrupts this process through his efforts to become the interpretative source for understanding the rage, he "appropriately earns this increment of the patient's therapeutic hostility." Wolstein takes Nason to task for allegedly having done just this in the clinical material cited in his paper.

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Article Citation

Goldberg, S.H. (1987). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985. Psychoanal. Q., 56:732-733

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