chapter  8
On the Status of Nonverbal Communications: Some Refl ections on Their Role in the Analytic Process and Analytic Education
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Although long recognized as an important pathway for communication, the nonverbal behavior of both patient and analyst is an aspect of the analytic situation that receives comparatively little attention either in supervision or in the teachings of technique. With the exception of those colleagues who have a special interest in this area, it is uncommon for supervisors to regularly inquire about, or for students to regularly report on, the nonverbal behavior of their patients. When, in fact, the focus of attention in supervision shifts to such material, often it is because diffi culties have arisen in the case that are not explainable on the basis of the verbal material alone. In such instances the nonverbal interactions of the two participants may be examined, not as data that is consistently reviewed, but as ancillary information that is turned to in the hope that it may shed some light on the puzzling phenomena at hand.