Working from the premise that as analysts we are always vulnerable to unconscious collusion and enactment, and that this has radical implications for how we conceive of the analytic process, I try to illustrate how the process of working at the “intimate edge” of the analytic relationship, and explicitly engaging what goes on intersubjectively between patient and analyst expands the analytic process and the analytic possibilities. I especially focus on how deconstructing interactive enactment can help to access unconscious aspects of what might be in play in relation to the issues of power and eroticized transference-countertransference under discussion here, and how this process itself can become the medium of the work and the focus of therapeutic action.
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Document Type: Research Article
Traning and Supervising Analyst and Teaching Faculty, William Alanson White Institute; Supervising Analyst, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, Northwest Center for Psychoanalysis.
Publication date: July 15, 2005