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Stern, S. (2016). Enactments in Psychoanalysis: Therapeutic Benefits. Psychodyn. Psych., 44(2):281-303.

(2016). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 44(2):281-303

Enactments in Psychoanalysis: Therapeutic Benefits

Stanley Stern, M.D.

The therapeutic benefits of enactments are addressed. Relevant literature reveals disparate conceptions about the nature and use of enactments. Clarification of the term is discussed. This analyst's theoretical and technical evolution is addressed; it is inextricably related to using enactments. How can it not be? A taxonomy of enactments is presented. The article considers that enactments may be fundamental in the evolution from orthodox to contemporary analytic technique. Assumptions underlying enactments are explored, as are guidelines for using enactments. Finally, the article posits that enactments have widened the scope of analysis and contributed to its vitality.

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