The psychoanalytic relationship offers a unique kind of intimacy. Although asymmetric, it demands intense involvement from both parties and a willingness to share thinking and feeling to a degree unparalleled in other kinds of relationship. Such unprecedented sharing is mediated principally, though not exclusively, through language, and while analytic debate considers every aspect of this curious engagement, I shall focus on talking, in particular the way the analyst talks to his patient. My thoughts are a further development of chapters 2 and 7.