Empathy and the analyzing instrument

James H. Spencer, Leon Balter

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THE LAST DECADE has brought increasing reference in the psychoanalytic literature to the concept of empathy and the part it plays in the psychoanalytic process. To some this growing interest seems to embody a growing consensus about the central place of empathy in psychoanalysis (Ornstein, 1979). Others see empathy as an important aspect of the psychoanalytic process, but believe the current attention to it is potentially dangerous (Arlow, 1979). Still others see a clear and present danger, which warrants a vigorous attack on the current use of the concept (Shapiro, 1981).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpathy II
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781317970583
ISBN (Print)088163011X, 9780415718523
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


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