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The Risk of Relatedness : Intersubjectivity Theory in Clinical Practice
Jaenicke, Chris
Jason Aronson / Rowman & Littlefield / Softcover / 2007-12-01 / 0765705605
Self Psychology / Intersubjectivity
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The success of psychotherapy depends on the development of both the patient and the psychotherapist. This is the central thesis of Jaenicke's book, which addresses the clinical application of intersubjectivity theory in terms of the risk--what Jaenicke terms the 'risk of relatedness'--the theory poses to both therapist and patient when executed as practice. In contrast to Freudian theory, intersubjectivity theory considers therapy a process that is co-constructed by patient and therapist, where the therapist eschews the role of neutral authority who provides patients with new insights and whose subjective reaction to the therapeutic process is sealed off from the therapist-patient interaction. Jaenicke 'translates' and reformulates the theory's complexities into the terms of practical psychotherapeutic work. Using eight fundamental psychoanalytic concepts--empathy, defense, splitting, the unconscious, trauma, the myth of the isolated mind, transference/countertransference, and affect--he gives a vivid account of how intersubjectivity theory can be put into practice while describing common difficulties. Numerous case studies provide concrete examples.

--description of the pivitol role of mutual regulation in determining the therapeutic process

--description of the risk of relatedness for both participants inherent in the process

--the necessity of describing the therapist's role in determining the intersubjective field

--theoretical and clinical explanation for the avoidance of dealing with the inherent risks of therapy

--insight into a profounder understanding of the difficulties and demands of the profession

--description of the essential theoretical concepts of intersubjectivity theory

--description of centrality of affect theory for psychoanalysis

--appeal to further share and support one another in exploring this clinical sensibility

--detailed clinical examples


"This is a new and unpretentious voice in psychoanalysis, a voice that is clear, explicit, and nearly jargon-free. Such a voice can only arrive and become usable by someone who has learned, personally and professionally, not to run away from the possibility and probability of suffering in any human relationship that will count for anything. In any case his personal tone embodies his courageous refusal to hide from the perils we encounter in the analytic journey: perils like awareness of our vulnerabilities, like shame, even like the fragmentation and self-loss that we sometimes call psychosis."—Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D.

"This book will surely add numbers to those newly convinced of the intersubjective nature of human experience, and help those of us already convinced to use our conviction more consistently and pervasively in our work. "—Judy Teicholz

"The author shows great sensitivity in his clinical approach guided by the effort to understand the experience of the other within the relational field of mutual interaction and influence paired with his profound knowledge of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. this makes this book worthwhile reading for both the beginning as well as the experienced clinician. "—Martin Gossman, M.D., lecturer, supervisor, and training therapist, the Brandenberg Academy for Depth Psychology and Analytic Psychotherapy, Cottbus, Germany

About the Author:

Chris Jaenicke, Dipl.Psych. is faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie, Berlin and faculty member at the Institut für Psychotherapie, Berlin. He serves as editor and publisher of Self Psychology: European Journal for Psychoanalytic Therapy and Research. He is the author of numerous articles on intersubjectivity theory and self psychology, and maintains a private practice in Berlin.

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