Undergoing the Situation: Emotional Dwelling Is More Than Empathic Understanding

The person with understanding does not know and judge as one who stands apart and unaffected; but rather, as one united by a specific bond with the other, he thinks with the other and undergoes the situation with him. (Gadamer, 1975, p. 288) Traditional notions of therapeutic empathy have been pervaded by the Cartesian doctrine […]

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The Deepest Bond: Our First Love

There is no more important bond in one’s life in shaping future relationships than that of a baby’s relationship to his or her mother. But as mothers will often say, “Nobody gave me the manual.” This is why I’d like to introduce you to the work of Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Have you ever attended a […]

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