Theodore Jacobs

New York, USA

Award Year: 2018

Dr. Jacobs is honored for his major contributions to psychoanalysis in the following areas. He introduced the concept of enactment to the literature and illustrated the key role that it plays in the analytic process. At a time in the U.S. when countertransference was viewed as a personal problem of the analysts’ that was not to be openly acknowledged or discussed, he pioneered in lifting the curtain of silence that surrounded the subject. He demonstrated the important contribution that attention to the analyst’s inner world as well as to countertransference itself, could make both to the self-monitoring process and to understanding communications from the patient. His subsequent contributions have expanded our knowledge of the mind of the analyst at work, of the ubiquity of non-verbal and unconscious communications and their continuous impact on the analytic situation, and of the place of self-disclosure in analytic work. His extensive writings and teaching over many years have had a major impact on contemporary psychoanalysis. They have had considerable influence on our modern conceptualization of the analytic process and, through their clinical applications, have contributed to advancing psychoanalytic treatment.