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Zachrisson, A. (2008). Neutrality, Tenderness and the Analyst's Subjectivity: Reflections on the analytic relationship. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 31(2):86-94.

(2008). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 31(2):86-94

Neutrality, Tenderness and the Analyst's Subjectivity: Reflections on the analytic relationship

Anders Zachrisson, Fil. Lic.

Addressing the rôle of the analyst in the psychoanalytic relationship, the author takes issue with the emphasis on acknowledging the analyst's subjectivity and the critique of concepts like neutrality and abstinence as these issues are presented in the relational tradition. He advocates a better articulation and emphasis of these concepts in the service of understanding the impact of the analyst's subjectivity, and demonstrates how the mere loosening up of analytic neutrality and abstinence and an acceptance of the analyst's self-disclosure make transference analysis more difficult to handle. Such an attitude also increases the risk for ethically dubious conduct, since there is a close link between clinical methods and ethical standards in psychoanalysis. In conclusion, the author points to the importance of the analyst's continuous self-reflection and countertransference analysis.

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