This report draws on insights from contemporary Gestalt therapy and intersubjective psy-choanalysis to examine the relationship between the felt sense of hope, dread, and dignity in a dialogic therapeutic process. Both schools of thought emphasize the relationship of hope and dread in the dialogic process, and this report explores working how a sense of dignity emerges from working with hope and dread dialogically. Hope and dread vacillate in the process of a therapy relationship as the patient reaches for their dignity through truthful, agentic dialogue. The restoration of dignity during the coronavirus shutdown process has moved from back-ground to foreground in our therapeutic conversations.
Keywords: Dignity, hope and fear, Coronavirus, Gestalt psychotherapy, dialogue.