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(p. 166) Considerations Concerning Individuals and Cultural Diversity 

(p. 166) Considerations Concerning Individuals and Cultural Diversity
(p. 166) Considerations Concerning Individuals and Cultural Diversity

Rafael Art. Javier

and Dolores O. Morris

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date: 26 January 2021

This chapter emphasizes the development of conditions contributing to our difficulty in dealing with diverse factors in psychoanalytic theory and practice. These concepts help the specialist determine the direction of inquiry, make decisions about necessary interventions, and render appropriate services. These concepts also enhance the provider’s knowledge and comfort with cultural and ethnic diversity, thereby increasing the possibility of understanding the particular needs of the patient. The point is made that the application to culturally diverse patients has to be individualized and requires an understanding of the sociopolitical context and the total life experiences brought to the treatment. Moreover, the application of psychoanalysis to culturally and ethnically diverse patients will vary as a function of the particular variety of psychoanalysis practiced. Analysts use this orientation to navigate the unconscious motivations emerging in the interpersonal space of the analytic situation.

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