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In psychoanalysis, a term sometimes used to denote the analyst's faculty of interpretation (2), which is supposed to enable the analyst to hear things in the patient's words that would not be apparent to an untrained listener with an ordinary pair of ears. The term was introduced by the Czechoslovakian-born psychoanalyst Theodore Reik (1888–1969) in the title of his book Listening with the Third Ear (1949).

Subjects: Psychology.

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