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(2017) Empathy, Dordrecht, Springer.

Embodied empathy – clinical and developmental perspectives in psychoanalysis

Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber

pp. 49-91

In the clinical psychoanalytical context, empathy is no longer understood as personality trait of the analyst ("one-person-psychology") but as phenomenon which takes place in the exchange between analyst and analysand ("two-person-psychology"). A similar theoretical perspective characterizes the development of the self, attachment, and the ability to mentalize. In this chapter, Leuzinger-Bohleber discusses contemporary attempts to further develop the psychoanalytical understanding of empathy based on insights gained from the interdisciplinary dialogue with embodied cognitive science. The so-called embodied revolution not only implicates radical changes in the conceptualization of empathy in the clinical psychoanalytical situation. We also need to modify our understanding of memory, transference-countertransference as well as therapeutic transformations. Finally, the author illustrates her considerations by a clinical example.

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DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51299-4_3

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Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. (2017)., Embodied empathy – clinical and developmental perspectives in psychoanalysis, in V. Lux & S. Weigel (eds.), Empathy, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 49-91.

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