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Wilson, A. (2000). The Patient's Impact On The Analyst: Judy L. Kantrowitz, Ph.D. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1996, 284 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 69(3):564-568.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(3):564-568

The Patient's Impact On The Analyst: Judy L. Kantrowitz, Ph.D. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, 1996, 284 pp.

Review by:
Arnold Wilson

There is a widely felt urgency in the air today that psychoanalytic theory must move forward. There are any number of possible directions calling for attention. Some individuals seek to advance our collective understanding of interpersonal phenomena in psychoanalysis and take various positions with that all-important, some might say umbilical, lineage with the intrapsychic legacy of psychoanalysis. The more sophisticated of these individuals recognize that the theories currently evolving in psychoanalysis are not about entering into the playing of a zero sum game, whereby one wins only by ensuring that another loses. Judy Kantrowitz, in this carefully researched volume, places her bid to join this particular chorus, and thereby to further expand the complexities of our understanding so that it comes closer to mapping what actually takes place in the working lives of clinical psychoanalysts. In so doing, she positions herself in a line of evolution rather than revolution.

Kantrowitz is and has been one of the few analysts on the contemporary scene who seems equally adept at empirical research and more discursive writing. Not many can shift comfortably between these two professional worlds, so often, and unfortunately, set apart and incommensurable. The reader is immediately struck by the fact that this volume is immersed in both, and how cleverly both are used in order to illuminate and enrich one another. This synergy is the author's characteristic research trademark.


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