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Kilborne, B. (2000). Working in Depth: A Clinician's Guide to Framework and Flexibility in the Analytic Relationship: Elliot Adler and Janet Lee Bachant. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 1998. 294 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 69(1):170-172.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(1):170-172

Working in Depth: A Clinician's Guide to Framework and Flexibility in the Analytic Relationship: Elliot Adler and Janet Lee Bachant. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 1998. 294 pp.

Review by:
Benjamin Kilborne

As Martin Bergmann writes on the dust jacket, the authors should be complimented on the way in which they have conveyed an overview of the discipline with “an understanding of the special difficulties of these times.” They manage to speak both of structure and of flexibility in ways that would have dazzled an old-fashioned structuralist. They suggest that the unfortunate dichotomy of approaches to the transference (whether it is “co-constructed by both parties of the analytic interaction or brought to it by each participant”) can be eliminated by their distinction between “adaptive and archaic transference” (p. 90); that another unfortunate dichotomy between the “intrapsychic and interactional dimensions of resistance” (p. 111) can be done away with by realizing that in our contemporary world, “there are incalculable ways in which the analyst's personal subjectivity contributes to the development of resistance” (p. 124), since “ultimately the choice of what to accept and what to struggle against must reside with the patient.”

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