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The Inner Experiences of the Analyst

Their Contribution to the Analytic Process

This chapter will focus on some of my inner experiences during one analytic hour. My aim is to illustrate how one analyst uses himself in his work. More specifically, I will try to illustrate how certain thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and physical sensations that I became aware of during this session arose in response to unconscious communications from my patient, illuminated certain resistances in myself, and contributed to the form and substance of my interventions. The use of inner experiences, I believe, was an essential element in my understanding the transactions that took place in this hour and in my being able to help my patient take a small step forward ...

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