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Reis, B. (2009). We: Commentary on Papers by Trevarthen, Ammaniti & Trentini, and Gallese. Psychoanal. Dial., 19(5):565-579.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(5):565-579

We: Commentary on Papers by Trevarthen, Ammaniti & Trentini, and Gallese

Bruce Reis, Ph.D.

In my discussion of papers by Trevarthen, Ammaniti & Trentini, and Gallese, I situate their work within an emerging paradigm of intersubjectivity. This new model finds philosophic grounding in the work of the phenomenologists (Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Nancy) as it draws from the multiple sources that come together to comprise the new field of cognitive and affective neurosciences. These papers hold the potential to make relational psychoanalysis more relational by providing new foundations for rethinking the biological, developmental and clinical. What emerges is an intersubjective theory based in motor action and perception that serves as the embodied basis for human culture and community, a shared “we” space of basic human affinity. I extend this conception into the analytic setting with a brief introduction to enactive participation in clinical process.

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