The Risk of Relatedness

The Risk of Relatedness : Intersubjectivity Theory in Clinical Practice

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This book employs longstanding psychoanalytic concepts-neutrality, empathy, affect, trauma and the transference-to describe the clinical stance of intersubjectivity theory. This stance eschews formal technical rules, such that the psychotherapeutic process is determined instead by the uniqueness of the intersubjective field and the minute interplay of the two subjectivities involved. Jaenicke reformulates intersubjectivity theory's complexities into the terms of practical psychotherapeutic work to illustrate how depth of involvement and the risk inherent in interaction at such a depth-the 'risk of relatedness'-are pivotal: the outcome of psychotherapy is viewed as dependent on the development of patient and therapist both. Numerous case studies exemplify the dynamism and therapeutic challenge of the intersubjective field.
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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 14mm | 281.23g
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765705605
  • 9780765705600
  • 1,052,749

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This book will surely add numbers to those newly convinced of the intersubjective nature of human experience, and help those of us already convinced to use our conviction more consistently and pervasively in our work. -- Judy Teicholz This is a new and unpretentious voice in psychoanalysis, a voice that is clear, explicit, and nearly jargon-free. Such a voice can only arrive and become usable by someone who has learned, personally and professionally, not to run away from the possibility and probability of suffering in any human relationship that will count for anything. In any case his personal tone embodies his courageous refusal to hide from the perils we encounter in the analytic journey: perils like awareness of our vulnerabilities, like shame, even like the fragmentation and self-loss that we sometimes call psychosis. -- Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D. The author shows great sensitivity in his clinical approach guided by the effort to understand the experience of the other within the relational field of mutual interaction and influence paired with his profound knowledge of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. this makes this book worthwhile reading for both the beginning as well as the experienced clinician. -- Martin Gossman, M.D., lecturer, supervisor, and training therapist, the Brandenberg Academy for Depth Psychology and Analytic Psychotherapy, Cottbus,
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About Chris Jaenicke

Chris Jaenicke, Dipl.Psych. is faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fYr Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie, Berlin and faculty member at the Institut fYr Psychotherapie, Berlin. He serves as editor and publisher of Self Psychology: European Journal for Psychoanalytic Therapy and Research. He is the author of numerous articles on intersubjectivity theory and self psychology, and maintains a private practice in Berlin.
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