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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications$
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Otto F. Kernberg

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300101393

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300101393.001.0001

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The Analyst's Authority in the Psychoanalytic Situation

The Analyst's Authority in the Psychoanalytic Situation

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(p.206) 13 The Analyst's Authority in the Psychoanalytic Situation
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Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications
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Otto F. Kernberg

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300101393.003.0013

This chapter discusses the analyst within a psychoanalytic situation, specifically the authority one holds. It states that the analyst's authority has been questioned in terms of the interpretations that were based on the so-called “facts” of the psychoanalytic situation. It shows that the assumed professional authority of an analyst can possibly hold authoritarian elements that oppose analytic work and looks at the most recent developments within psychoanalytic theory and theory of psychoanalytic technique. This chapter clarifies the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments with regards to the union of many theoretical, clinical, and cultural developments in the questioning of the authority of the analyst. It ends with an illustrative case to show the problems and conflicts surrounding authority.

Keywords:   analyst, authority, psychoanalytic situation, psychoanalytic technique, psychoanalytic theory

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