Wednesday, March 2, 2016
"The Dyer’s Hand: Some Aspects of the Psychoanalyst’s Actions"
with Anton Kris, M.D.
The title, taken from Shakespeare’s description of his own acting, “my nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyer’s hand,” opens a discussion of how and how much we put our minds and ourselves at our patients’ disposal, as participants rather than as external interpreters. Using a clinical illustration to introduce the discourse, the paper considers the aims and consequences of the analyst’s non-interpretive actions as well as interpretations. Competing technical approaches require the analyst’s judgment to be guided by truthfulness, commitment to the patient’s welfare, regard for countertransference, and ethical considerations. How far to go with action cannot be a settled question, but the essential requirement of limitations in the analytic relationship and the danger of boundary violations must be kept in mind.
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