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The Resource A rumor of empathy : resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Lou Agosta

A rumor of empathy : resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Lou Agosta

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A rumor of empathy : resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
Title
A rumor of empathy
Title remainder
resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
Statement of responsibility
Lou Agosta
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Empathy is an essential component of the psychoanalyst's ability to listen and treat their patients. It is key to the achievement of therapeutic understanding and change. A Rumor of Empathy explores the psychodynamic resistances to empathy, from the analyst themselves, the patient, from wider culture, and seeks to explore those factors which represent resistance to empathic engagement, and to show how these can be overcome in the psychoanalytic context. Lou Agosta shows that classic interventions can themselves represent resistances to empathy, such as the unexamined life; over-medication, and the application of devaluing diagnostic labels to expressions of suffering. Drawing on Freud, Kohut, Spence, and other major thinkers, Agosta explores how empathy is distinguished as a unified multidimensional clinical engagement, encompassing receptivity, understanding, interpretation and narrative. In this way, he sets out a new way of understanding and using empathy in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice. When all the resistances have been engaged, defences analyzed, diagnostic categories applied, prescriptions written, and interpretive circles spun out, in empathy one is quite simply in the presence of another human being. Agosta depicts the unconscious forms of resistance and raises our understanding of the fears of merger that lead a therapist to take a step back from the experience of their patients, using ideas such as "alturistic surrender" and "compassion fatigue" which are highlighted in a number of clinical vignettes. Empathy itself is not self-contained. It is embedded in social and cultural values, and Agosta highlights the mental health culture and its expectations of professional organizations. This outstanding text will be relevant to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists who wish to make a contribution to reducing the suffering and emotional distress of their clients, and also to trainees who are more vulnerable to the professional demands on their capacity for empathic listening. Lou Agosta, Ph.D. teaches empathy in systems and the history of psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. He is the author of numerous articles on empathy in human relations, aesthetics, altruism, and film. He is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago, USA. See www.aRumorOfEmpathy.com
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1950-
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Agosta, Louis
Dewey number
152.4/1
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Psychoanalytic inquiry book series
Series volume
v. 46
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  • Empathy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy
Label
A rumor of empathy : resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Lou Agosta
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. Empathy and its resistances -- 2. A rumor of empathy ... -- 3. Plato not prozac! -- 4. Treatment of domestic violence
Control code
ocn910847716
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Extent
1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9781138795365
Lccn
2014046589
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Taylor & Francis
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)910847716
Label
A rumor of empathy : resistance, narrative and recovery in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Lou Agosta
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. Empathy and its resistances -- 2. A rumor of empathy ... -- 3. Plato not prozac! -- 4. Treatment of domestic violence
Control code
ocn910847716
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781138795365
Lccn
2014046589
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)910847716

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