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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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Validation in the Clinical Process

Validation in the Clinical Process

(p.221) 14 Validation in the Clinical Process
Contemporary Controversies in Psychoanalytic Theory, Techniques, and Their Applications

Otto F. Kernberg

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at validation and tries to present a basic theory that involves a theoretical framework for confirming interpretive interventions that consider succeeding changes within a patient. It first explains the dominant object relationship and countertransference, which is understood as the total emotional reaction of the analyst to the patient. From here the validation of an interpretation is discussed, before the chapter presents a session with a neurotic patient that shows how these ideas can be found in practice.

Keywords:   validation, interpretive interventions, dominant object relationship, countertransference, analyst, patient, neurotic patient

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