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Grand, S. (2003). Reply to Commentaries. Psychoanal. Dial., 13(4):527-531.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13(4):527-531

Reply to Commentaries Related Papers

Sue Grand, Ph.D.

In this response to commentaries by Bernstein and Frankel, I suggest that there has been a shift in the psychoanalytic Zeitgeist with regard to ethical transgressions. At the time my case transpired, analysts' authenticity was prohibited, and “misdemeanors” were met with overzealous judgment. Contemporary theory and practice has come to appreciate the analyst's subjectivity, and the mutual press of the “impossible profession.” But in doing so, it has begun to occupy another polarized position. Instead of imposing moralistic judgment, we are tending to overcontextualize the analyst's acts and displace the analyst's agency onto the patient. Another position is suggested here.

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