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Intimacy in the Initial Interview

  • Richard M. Billow
  • Robert Mendelsohn


In this chapter, the authors seek to explore intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics as they relate to the problem of intimacy in the initial interview. We seek to describe processes that may occur in any setting where the patient and the clinician meet for the first time. Such settings include both public and private facilities (e.g., an emergency psychiatric clinic, a university psychological services center, or a private practitioner’s office). The task of such an interview may be as varied as to seek or prevent hospitalization, to establish via diagnosis a screening and treatment recommendation, to provide an independent consultation of a case being evaluated or treated elsewhere, or to initiate a psychotherapy or a psychoanalysis. In this latter example, the initial interview serves also as the first treatment session.


Initial Interview Borderline Personality Disorder Intense Relatedness Posite Emotional Reaction Pathological Narcissism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Billow
    • 1
  • Robert Mendelsohn
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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