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Re: Approximate relationship pegasus

Posted by Dinah on May 21, 2005, at 12:48:58

In reply to Approximate relationship, posted by pegasus on May 21, 2005, at 12:34:56

I took it to refer to the boundaries of the relationship. It *feels* as real as any relationship, and in many ways it is. But it can't survive outside the boundaries. It lives in the therapy room only, is supported by the payment of fees. It's unlike any other sort of relationship. Intensely intimate yet limited.

So while it might feel like a friendship or romantic relationship, it's only an approximation? of that??

I think I prefer to think of it as a *different* relationship rather than an approximate one. Because it's every bit as real as other relationships. And all relationships have boundaries. The therapy relationship boundaries are just more clearly defined. But it's because those boundaries are so well defined that the boundaries or rules that apply in other relationships don't apply to the therapeutic relationship.

That was my understanding of it. Perhaps others can sort me out if I'm wrong. :)

 

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