We must be the Instrument – John Nemiah, 1961

 

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In, Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, DSM-5 Edition, Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

“It would be far easier if we could avoid the patient as we explore the realm of psychopathology; it would be far simpler if we could limit ourselves to examining the chemistry and physiology of his brain, and to treating mental events as objects alien to our immediate experience, or as mere variables in impersonal statistical formulae.  Important as these approaches are for the understanding of human behaviour, they cannot alone uncover or explain all the relevant facts.  To see into the mind of another, we must repeatedly immerse ourselves in the flood of his associations and feelings; we must be ourselves the instrument that sounds him.”

 

 

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One Response to We must be the Instrument – John Nemiah, 1961

  1. Clartk says:

    very good.

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