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Salberg, J. (2016). On the Precipice. Psychoanal. Perspect., 13(3):300-304.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13(3):300-304

Special Panel: Those 45 Minutes Saved My Life: The Meeting of Sigmund Freud and Margarethe Lutz

On the Precipice

Jill Salberg, PhD, ABPP

This discussion sees this transformative one-session treatment as a wonderful exemplar of the power of witnessing another person’s life and traumas. I imagine Freud, the patient, and the world at particular moments in historical and personal time, placing them all on a precipice. It is important to remember that although a precipice can be a point of great danger or even peril, it can also be the brink of something new and life transforming. I argue that this precipice allowed a unique witnessing moment leading to transformative growth for the patient.

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