What is the analytic mindset? A proponent of the relational analytic approach, Dr. Stephen Seligman discusses the value of “feeling puzzled” and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process.
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What is the analytic mindset in psychoanalysis? What mindset is most helpful for potentiating change in the patient? Dr. Stephen Seligman, a proponent of the relational analytic approach, applies the characteristics of nonlinear dynamic systems theories to the analytic process. He discusses the central roles of “calibrated disequilibrium” and “engagement with indeterminacy” in potentiating change. He discusses the analytic mindset, the value of “feeling puzzled” and the challenges of simultaneously paying close attention to what is going on while also fully engaging with the process.
Dr. Stephen Seligman is a Training and Supervising Analyst with the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Infant-Parent Program of the University of California, San Francisco; and Joint Editor-in-Chief for Psychoanalytic Dialogues: The International Journal of Relational Perspectives.
The course consists of a journal article available through the publisher (Seligman, S. . Paying attention and feeling puzzled: The analytic mindset as an agent of therapeutic change. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24, 648-662. doi: 10.1080/10481885.2014.970966. Note: there may be a charge for this article if you or your institution do not subscribe to the journal). After reading the article, access the online test and Certificate of Completion for the course to earn 2 CE credits. Intermediate level. This course may be applied to our specialization Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy if desired. $19.