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Couch or Face-to-Face Seating in Psychoanalysis? (1 CE Credit)

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Schools of psychoanalytic thought vary in their adherence to use of “the couch”, wherein eye contact is minimized between analyst and analysand. Current research demonstrates a neurobiological relationship between eye contact, arousal, and various emotions. Based on this research, might some situations benefit from use of the couch and others from face-to-face positioning in psychoanalysis? Earn 1 CE credit for reading this brief journal article, which reviews the scientific research in terms of object relations and patients’ varying needs. The article is open access (Önen Ünsalver et al. [2021]. The changeable positioning of the couch and repositioning to face-to-face arrangement in psychoanalysis to facilitate the experience of being seen. Frontiers in Psychology, 12(718319), 1-4. A Certificate of Completion follows passing an online multiple choice test. Introductory level. This course may be applied to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $14.

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