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Imprisoned Pain and Its Transformation





ISBN 9781855752436
Published October 17, 2000 by Routledge
256 Pages

 
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In this chapter Anne Alvarez describes how supervision with Sydney Klein played a decisive part in transforming her understanding of the importance of the grammar of interpretation—that not all interpretations have to unmask hidden desires on the negative side but, rather, can help the evolving process of growth and understanding. This is particularly important in borderline patients in whom such unmasking interpretations may be ego-depleting in that they do not take into account the immediate meaning of the child’s communication.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Moral imperatives in work with borderline children: the grammar of wishes and the grammar of needs -- Unconscious phantasy and knowledge: a case study -- Catastrophe, containment, and manic defences -- The significance of perversion: to prevent intimacy -- Shadow lives: a discussion of Reading in the Dark, a novel by Seamus Deane -- On using an alphabet: recombining separable components -- Some reflections on comparing obsessional neurosis and autism -- The anal organization of the instincts: a note on theories past and present -- When the bough breaks: working with parents and infants -- Observing babies and supporting the staff -- Projective identification: the analyst’s involvement -- Psychic turbulence -- The concept of the envious/jealous superego -- Frozen pain

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