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Palmer, J. (2008). Forging an Analytic Identity through Clinical Writing. Psychoanal. Inq., 28(4):477-492.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 28(4):477-492

Forging an Analytic Identity through Clinical Writing

Jonathan Palmer, M.D.

In this article, I consider the manner in which the created object reveals the creator through consideration of the theoretical contributions of Winnicott and Bucci followed by the creative contributions of the painter Cézanne and the poet/psychoanalyst Akhtar. This leads to Bernstein's format for clinical writing, which I consider a creative process with an important self-analytic function.

“Concepts can never be presented to me merely, they must be knitted into the structure of my being, and this can only be done through my own activity.”(M. P. Follett, 1939, p. 390)

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