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The Hegelian and Expressivist Turns in Psychoanalysis: the View from the United States

The Hegelian and Expressivist Turns in Psychoanalysis: the View from the United States

There is a powerful human motive to become the self one potentially is and express that self in the world. From a clinical perspective, this means that if the patient is limited to being recipient of the analyst understands, self-expression is impaired. Therefore, interpretation, the hallmark of traditional psychoanalysis, is insufficient for the achievement of analytic change. The implications of these two paradigmatic shifts in analytic thought cannot all be discussed in this paper, but the key clinical implications will be brought out and illustrated with brief case vignettes.