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The unknown and empathy : remaining in an empathic stance

by Whitnah, Charis Joy

Abstract

Two strangers come together to facilitate the therapeutic process. In stepping into a mysterious arena, the analysand and analyst meet in the psychoanalytic treatment room. What expectations does the analysand have of the analyst? What does the analyst hope will happen through treatment? How does the analyst create an emerging psychoanalytic treatment that facilitates healing for the analysand? Through the connection between analysand and analyst, the anaylsand hopefully forms a healthier, vital, and more coherent self. One must ask how the analysand comes to feel more coherent? What are the essential ingredients of a “cure?” In seeking to answer these questions, I have focused this paper on the discussion of empathy. The paper provides a self psychological historical analysis of the concept of empathy. Through turning to the work of Sigmund Freud, Heinz Kohut, Ernest Wolf, Howard Bacal, and Richard Geist, I strive to describe the concept of empathy and discuss how empathy plays a vital role in the psychoanalytic process. I argue that the self psychological psychoanalytic value of empathy has profound and altering effects for the analysand and analyst.

Note

This capstone fulfills the requirements of the Colorado College Psychoanalysis Minor.

Includes bibliographical references.

Capstone project does not include a title page, department or major.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Administrative Notes

This capstone fulfills the requirements of the Colorado College Psychoanalysis Minor.

Capstone project does not include a title page, department or major.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:8060
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
19 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Dobson, Marcia
Department/Program
Classics - Psychoanalysis Minor
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013