Convergences between modern conflict theory and intersubjectivity in contemporary psychoanalysis

Author/s Christopher Christian
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Subjectivity and intersubjectivity, like countertransference, are terms that have come into their own, cutting across theoretical paradigms in psychoanalysis. Intersubjectivity is explored from the perspective of modern conflict theory, and it is argued that there is much in common between Charles Brenner and Jacob Arlow’s ideas about how the analyst’s mind works, on the one hand, and intersubjective and relational psychoanalysis, on the other. Where the concept of intersubjectivity becomes contentious is when we draw implications regarding the claims the analyst can make about ever knowing the analysand’s mind as a separate entity from his or her own.

Keywords: Intersubjective psychoanalysis, modern conflict theory in psychoanalysis, Charles Brenner, relational psychoanalysis, countertransference

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Christopher Christian, Punti di convergenza tra teoria del conflitto e intersoggettività nella psicoanalisi contemporanea in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2015, pp 201-220, DOI: 10.3280/PU2015-002003