This book employs longstanding psychoanalytic concepts-neutrality, empathy, affect, trauma and the transference-to describe the clinical stance of intersubjectivity theory. This stance eschews formal technical rules, such that the psychotherapeutic process is determined instead by the uniqueness of the intersubjective field and the minute interplay of the two subjectivities involved. Jaenicke reformulates intersubjectivity theory's complexities into the terms of practical psychotherapeutic work to illustrate how depth of involvement and the risk inherent in interaction at such a depth-the 'risk of relatedness'-are pivotal: the outcome of psychotherapy is viewed as dependent on the development of patient and therapist both. Numerous case studies exemplify the dynamism and therapeutic challenge of the intersubjective field.
Chris Jaenicke, Dipl.Psych. is faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fYr Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie, Berlin and faculty member at the Institut fYr Psychotherapie, Berlin. He serves as editor and publisher of Self Psychology: European Journal for Psychoanalytic Therapy and Research. He is the author of numerous articles on intersubjectivity theory and self psychology, and maintains a private practice in Berlin.