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Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1757-1952
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1960



In this article I shall give a brief account of psychoanalytic listening. I shall then consider the ontology of such listening to a session and compare it to the ontology of attending to paintings and poems. Psychoanalysts are interested not merely in what is understood through listening but in the process of listening. I shall proceed to ask how possible it is to represent that process. Finally, I raise some questions about how the capacity to listen psychoanalytically might be taught or passed on.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): empathy; Ferenczi; Freud; listening; Polanyi; psychoanalysis; tact; unconscious
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