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Spaçal, S. (1989). Self-Knowledge and Interpretative Knowledge. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(1):66-104.

(1989). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 35(1):66-104

Self-Knowledge and Interpretative Knowledge Language Translation

Savo Spaçal

We may criticize or suspect the purely introspective view, but we cannot suppress or eliminate it. Without introspection, without an immediate awarenes of feelings, emotions, perceptions, thoughts, we could not even define the field of human psychology.

(E. Cassirer)

1. Introductory notes on the concepts of insight and interpretation

Rather than discussing the operative and therapeutic functions of the two concepts, the emphasis here will be on their different modalities of knowing.

Without doubt, of the two, the concept of interpretation has traditionally had a more widely recognized status. Insight, on the other hand, although it came into use as a technical term much later, has always been firmly established, at the operative level of analytical praxis, in a position correlative to that of interpretation (Sandler et al.

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