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Unreasonable Men by Victor J. Seidler

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Chapter 15

Dependency

LANGUAGE AND EMPOWERMENT

Sandor Ferenczi helps us to understand how psychoanalysis constructs a situation that so often perpetuates a dependency at the same time as it takes itself to be preparing the conditions for freedom and autonomy. He believes that this has to do with the relationships of power and authority which it embodies. It encourages those in authority to present themselves as in the possession of truth, thinking that this allows a transference to take place.

It makes it difficult for therapists to share their own experience and doubts out of a fear that this might ‘interfere’ with the transference. But when Ferenczi admitted to a patient his doubts and fears ‘that the whole thing will be a failure and that ...

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