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Psicologia Clínica

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PIMENTEL, Perla Klautau de Araujo  and  COELHO JUNIOR, Nelson. Some notes about the use of empathy in borderline cases and situations. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2009, vol.21, n.2, pp. 301-314. ISSN 0103-5665.

The article aims to contribute to the construction, through the axial concept of empathy, of both a theoretical and clinical approach which may offer some guidance on the management of borderline cases and situations not easily treated by the classical psychoanalytical method. The study of the notion of empathy will be done from three perspectives: as a mode of listening, as a form of communication and as a therapeutic factor. Our goal is to sustain the adoption of empathy as a clinical tool that allows the expansion of the limits of intervention, including new possibilities of action not provided by the interpretative method alone.

Keywords : empathy; interpretation; borderline cases.

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