chapter  4
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Interpretation in a Developmental Perspective

In the evolution of psychoanalysis the importance of affect, the moment of affective urgency (Strachey, 1934; Fenichel, 1938-1939; Greenson, 1967), has been recognized as optimal for the making of interpretations. There has always been a concern that interpretations would fall prey to the patient’s resistive, intellectualizing processes. Self psychology and the contributions by Wolf and Stolorow provide a clinical guide for avoiding this pitfall through their emphasis on monitoring the patient’s reactions and attending to ruptures in the selfobject tie.