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From “evenly-hovering attention” to “vicarious introspection”: Issues of listening in Freud and Kohut

From “evenly-hovering attention” to “vicarious introspection”: Issues of listening in Freud and... FROM "EVENLY-HOVERING ATTENTION" TO "VICARIOUS INTROSPECTION": Issues of Listening in Freud and Kohut R. G. K. Kainer The often quoted injunction of Freud to the would-be analyst advocates not the takin 8 of notes, but the application of "evenly-hoverin 8 attention," the better able to attend to the unconscious processes of the patient. 2 Freud's compelling imagery similarly brings to mind Kohut's instrument of listening, that of "vicarious introspection" or the empathic knowing of another. Since these concepts are functionally related to a belief system about the nature of the analytic task, a comparison of the two ideas might help shed some further light on the split and controversy in our field between the object-instinctual and the self psychologist. This paper deals with the way in which the concepts of "evenly-hovering attention" and "vicarious introspection" overlap and the way in which they differ. It is about the meaning of listenin 8 in Freud and Kohut and my attempt to begin to formulate the nature of my own listening in the light of their considerable influence. What I wish to do also, in drawing the distinc- tions between the two, is to pay homage to their unique creative achieve- ments, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

From “evenly-hovering attention” to “vicarious introspection”: Issues of listening in Freud and Kohut

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 44 (1): 12 – Mar 1, 1984

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Springer Journals
Copyright
1984 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01255425
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Abstract

FROM "EVENLY-HOVERING ATTENTION" TO "VICARIOUS INTROSPECTION": Issues of Listening in Freud and Kohut R. G. K. Kainer The often quoted injunction of Freud to the would-be analyst advocates not the takin 8 of notes, but the application of "evenly-hoverin 8 attention," the better able to attend to the unconscious processes of the patient. 2 Freud's compelling imagery similarly brings to mind Kohut's instrument of listening, that of "vicarious introspection" or the empathic knowing of another. Since these concepts are functionally related to a belief system about the nature of the analytic task, a comparison of the two ideas might help shed some further light on the split and controversy in our field between the object-instinctual and the self psychologist. This paper deals with the way in which the concepts of "evenly-hovering attention" and "vicarious introspection" overlap and the way in which they differ. It is about the meaning of listenin 8 in Freud and Kohut and my attempt to begin to formulate the nature of my own listening in the light of their considerable influence. What I wish to do also, in drawing the distinc- tions between the two, is to pay homage to their unique creative achieve- ments,

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 1984

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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