chapter  8
Inner and outer realities
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Which realities do we find in the analytic encounter? There seems always to be an intermingling of the objective and the subjective realities of each participant - an intermingling of how each sees the other as well as how each may believe him/herself to be. Inevitably, therefore, the analyst's ways of being with the patient will affect what passes between them - as will the impact of the patient upon the analyst. These interactive pressures can disturb the analytic process or become part of it, depending upon whether they are recognized and how they are understood.