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Barron, C. (2019). Practicing Public Politesse: Toward an Ethos of Mutual Respect. Psychoanal. Perspect., 16(1):88-97.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 16(1):88-97

Practicing Public Politesse: Toward an Ethos of Mutual Respect

Carrie Barron, M.D.

Disdainful critique during presentations is counterproductive and yet not uncommon in our community. It stifles creativity, curbs dialogue, damages individuals, and repels witnesses, even if they are momentarily titillated. Awareness of our transference and countertransference to the presenter, as well as to the presented material, is essential, as it influences what we hear and how we respond. Many leading analysts have written about the damaging effects of scornful peer criticism. The clinical material of colleagues, as opposed to that of patients or supervisees, may elicit competitive, envious reactions within. Understanding our inner reactions helps to create a more respectful, open exchange. The author explores the iatrogenic and intrapsychic underpinnings of contemptuous criticism and makes a plea for humility, awareness, and tact.

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