A THERAPIST’S FALLIBILISM AND THE HERMENEUTICS OF TRUST

JOSHUA R. BURG
  • Psychoanalysis Self and Context, June 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/24720038.2018.1462046

The benefits of trusting your psychotherapy patients and the anxiety it arouses in the therapist.

What is it about?

Trusting our therapy patient's is difficult, and we often believe we may know what is best for them. This paper looks at the benefits one can gain from letting go of what the therapist thinks is the right choice and instead following the patient on their life path. It highlights some of the theory behind this viewpoint, as well as illustrates the benefits through a detailed case example. The article also touches upon how difficult and anxiety provoking it is to engage a patient from this therapeutic style.

Why is it important?

This paper adds a rich clinical example to the literature that builds upon modern relational thinking in the field of psychoanalysis. It endeavors to demonstrate some of the challenges in working this way, and highlights how this perspective is different from a classical psychoanalytic approach to treatment.

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