On the therapist's yearning for intimacy

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From the beginning of clinical psychoanalysis, analysts have been at risk of succumbing to yearnings for intimacy and contact that are stirred up by the heat of the analytic encounter. Recently, as theoretical developments have encouraged us to create moments of meeting (Stern et al. 1998) and have urged us to tolerate the feelings stimulated by enactments, these risks have increased. The author points out that foregoing the realization of this yearning within the analytic relationship and the resultant mourning for the loss of a fantasy or illusion carries a heavy personal price tag for the therapist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-687
Number of pages17
JournalPsychoanalytic Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Yearning
  • analytic encounter
  • analytic framework
  • enactment
  • intimacy
  • moments of meeting
  • mourning
  • therapist's authenticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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