Psychoanalytic and Related Interpretations
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Anxiety is the signal of a self in distress. That signal is not only a communication to the self to institute defenses, but a signal to the selfobject to execute its function more effectively. To the degree that the analyst can register the patient’s anxiety as a communication of interpersonal distress, the analyst may be able to respond with empathy and thereby support the patient’s own strivings toward integration.