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Gerson, S. (1996). Neutrality, Resistance, and Self-Disclosure in an Intersubjective Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Dial., 6(5):623-645.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 6(5):623-645

Neutrality, Resistance, and Self-Disclosure in an Intersubjective Psychoanalysis Related Papers

Samuel Gerson, Ph.D.

The development of the clinical theory and technique of intersubjective psychoanalysis requires reconceptualization of the core concepts of neutrality, resistance, and self-disclosure. Current and historical usages of the concept of neutrality are examined in an attempt to deconstruct the role of neutrality within a hierarchical and gendered system. Neutrality is then reconceptualized as a relational event within the analysis that stands apart from transference-countertransference enmeshments. Neutrality is understood as a mutual achievement that cannot be claimed in an a priori manner by the analyst. Resistance is similarly reconceptualized as an aspect of a relational unconscious designed to maintain transference-countertransference configurations. This phenomenon is termed intersubjective resistance and, as a jointly held state, is most apt to reveal itself when the analyst breaches normative conduct. It is at these junctures that the analyst's self-disclosure and mutual exploration of the enactment become a powerful method for furthering the analytic process. An extended case vignette illustrates the use of self-disclosure for the purpose of understanding an enactment and unraveling an intersubjective resistance.

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