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Interpretive Voices: Responding to Patients by Debbie Bandler Bellman, Jean Arundale

By Debbie Bandler Bellman, Jean Arundale

The contributions during this booklet exemplify ways that varied analysts take into consideration and deal with the problem of interpretation, explicitly or implicitly exploring the query of even if there's something specific in regards to the means within which an analyst expresses his or her personal character and knowing in the medium of psychoanalysis. every one analyst construes the goals, theories, and physique of data of psychoanalysis in his/her personal specific approach, and whilst responding to sufferers, expresses those in an analytic weather with its personal specific diction, vocabulary, and targeted voice.

This is a booklet in regards to the perform of psychoanalysis and the interplay among personalities--the sufferer and analyst--in the analytic house. the 10 chapters herein illustrate the person interpretive voices in their authors, their analytic equipment, their figuring out in their sufferers and the way they impart their knowing, whereas last actual. even though this ebook doesn't whatsoever advertise the concept that “anything goes”, the editors do suppose that the analytic body and method can and needs to embody not just diversified theoretical perspectives but in addition variations in how analysts take heed to and speak with their sufferers. Individuality is implicit within the literature, in a position to being validated, and a tremendous think about the analytic method.

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I wondered whether what I was experiencing were his primitive feelings of chaos and disruption caused by the powerful feelings, something he had, up to this point in the analysis, defended against. i: f: f: i: You feel you have been traumatised by what happened this morning with your daughter, by how intense your child’s feelings could be. Definitely, I felt traumatised all day. There was silence for while. [Continues] D is very obsessed by me. She has been like so for a while. I feel guilty because I think it hurts G as she doesn’t get a look in with D.

P. 115), seeming to sanction a kind of intuitive connection as a valid if not prioritised method. I consider this an interesting conjunction between Freud and Klein; both suggest that analytic truth falls into the domain of the analyst’s intuition in the present immediate contact with the patient. Bion, in writing of the analyst’s intuition when memory and desire have been put aside, said, there is “the coming together by a sudden precipitating intuition, of a mass of apparently unrelated incoherent phenomena which are … given coherence and meaning not previously possessed …” (1967, p.

The reply to which question was that the dynamics of the emotional interchanges between analyst and patient are explained by projective processes going both ways. In the first place, patients project unwanted aspects of themselves onto the analyst, which the analyst may understand, interpret or contain, react to emotionally, or observe as an enactment that needs understanding. This entire array of responses, it is now understood, makes up what is called the “countertransference”. However, it should be noted that this latter dichotomy between the classical unaffected view of the analyst, and the Kleinian “war correspondent” view, drew its own criticisms; and the two positions were mediated through further contributions to object relations theories, mainly those of Winnicott’s (1949) “transitional object” and Bion’s “container/ contained” (1962), as will be discussed later.

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