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date: 19 February 2019

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Atmospheres in the clinical encounter are intersubjective phenomena experienced by the participants in that situation. In this chapter we will first unveil essential aspects of the ontology and the phenomenology of atmospheres and their role in the process of understanding. We will suggest a specific attitude during the psychiatric interview that allows the assessment of these phenomena, which we coin fragile understanding, relying on the pre-reflective domains of experience. We conclude that the training of psychiatrists in this kind of understanding might have important implications in the extension of the science of psychopathology, adding to the accuracy of diagnosis and enhancing the therapeutic dimension of the psychiatric interview.

Keywords: intersubjective, phenomenology, psychopathology, atmospheres, fragile understanding

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