Contributions to a panel on The Role of Empathy in the Psychoanalytic Process by Jacob Arlow

I would like to commence this introduction to Jacob Arlow’s paper on “Empathy” by picking-up on his description of the nature of empathy.
Empathy is a mode of operation that attempts to capture the patients inner life and requires the analyst to draw out of themselves a state of experience that somewhat approximates that of the patients.

 

Listening commands the analyst to be free from urges to do or say something, an idea that often runs contrary to much of our clinical training and to our prevailing culture.