chapter  25
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The unobtrusive analyst

We finished Chapter 22 with the two forms of regression--.but left undiscussed the technical problems as to what the analyst can do to avoid, as far as humanly possible, any risk of a malignant regression and assure the development of a benign form. The discussion in the preceding chapter gave us some general directives on how this could be done. The more the analyst's technique and behaviour are suggestive of omniscience and omnipotence, the greater is the danger of a malignant form of regression. On the other hand, the more the analyst can reduce the inequality between his patient and himself, and the more unobtrusive and ordinary he can remain in. his patient's eyes, the better are the chances of a benign form of regression.