"The Dyerâ€™s Hand: Some Aspects of the Psychoanalystâ€™s Actions"
with Anton Kris, M.D.
The title, taken from Shakespeareâ€™s description of his own acting, â€śmy nature is subdued to what it works in, like the dyerâ€™s hand,â€ť opens a discussion of how and how much we put our minds and ourselves at our patientsâ€™ disposal, as participants rather than as external interpreters. Using a clinical illustration to introduce the discourse, the paper considers the aims and consequences of the analystâ€™s non-interpretive actions as well as interpretations. Competing technical approaches require the analystâ€™s judgment to be guided by truthfulness, commitment to the patientâ€™s welfare, regard for countertransference, and ethical considerations. How far to go with action cannot be a settled question, but the essential requirement of limitations in the analytic relationship and the danger of boundary violations must be kept in mind.
No CME/CE credits offered
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