Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation: Emotional Engagement in the Analytic Process

Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation: Emotional Engagement in the Analytic Process

by Karen J. Maroda
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0881633976

ISBN-13: 9780881633979

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation demonstrates how interpersonal psychoanalysis obliges analysts to engage their patients with genuine emotional responsiveness, so that not only the patient but the analyst too is open to ongoing transformation through the analytic experience. In so doing, the analyst moves from the position of an "interpreting

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Seduction, Surrender, and Transformation demonstrates how interpersonal psychoanalysis obliges analysts to engage their patients with genuine emotional responsiveness, so that not only the patient but the analyst too is open to ongoing transformation through the analytic experience. In so doing, the analyst moves from the position of an "interpreting observer" to that of an "active participant and facilitator" whose affective communications enable the patient to acquire basic self-trust along with self-knowledge.

Drawing on the current literature on affect, Maroda argues that psychological change occurs through affect-laden interpersonal processes. Given that most patients in psychotherapy have problems with affect management, the completing of cycles of affective communication between therapist and patient becomes a vitally important aspect of the therapeutic enterprise. Through emotionally open responses to their patients and careful use of patient-prompted self-disclosures, analysts can facilitate affect regulation responsibly and constructively, with the emphasis always remaining on the patients' experience.

Moments of mutual surrender - the honest emotional giving over of patient to analyst and analyst to patient - epitomize the emotionally intense interpersonal experiences that lead to enduring intrapsychic change. Maroda's work is profoundly personal. She does not hesitate to share with the reader how her own personality affects her thinking and her work. Indeed, she believes her theoretical and clinical preferences are emblematic of the way in which the analyst's subjectivity necessarily shapes theory choice and practice preferences in general. Seduction, Surrender, and Transfomation is not only a powerful brief for emotional honesty in the analytic relationship but also a model of the personal openness that,
according to Maroda, psychoanalysis demands of all its practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881633979
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Relational Perspectives Book Series, #13
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Chapter 1On Seduction, Intellectualization, and the Bad Mother: Underlying Assumptions of the Analytic Process11
Chapter 2On the Analyst's Fear of Surrender: Can Sex Be Far Behind?49
Chapter 3Show Some Emotion: Completing the Cycle of Affective Communication65
Chapter 4Why Self-Disclosure Works in Spite of the Analyst's Imperfections87
Chapter 5Since Feeling Is First: Projective Identification and Countertransference Interventions105
Chapter 6Enactment: When the Patient's and Analyst's Pasts Converge121
Chapter 7Therapeutic Necessity or Malpractice? Physical Contact Reconsidered141
Chapter 8Reflections on the Analyst's Legitimate Power and the Existence of Reality161
Conclusion181
References185
Index195

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