Early Attachment and the Psychoanalytic Situation
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Exploring the rich life of the infant, the author shows how early relational experiences form or deform the foundation for emotional living and examines how these states play out in the psychoanalytic situation. With detailed clinical descriptions, he portrays the means for understanding and mediating the emergence of these early experiences in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Basic Language of Primary Relatedness
1. Attachment to the Unperceived
2. Precursors of Internalized Object Relationships
3. Signal Anxiety and Environmental Mediation
Part II: Intermodal Exchange
4. Intermodal Matching and Affect Transmission
5. Intermodal Exchanges in the Psychoanalytic Situation
6. Fields of Identity
7. Creation of Representability
8. The Container of Sleep
Part III: Pathology of Pre-Object Relatedness
9. Two Disturbances of Pre-Object Relatedness
10. Ambivalent Relatedness and Avoidant Relatedness
11. On the Repetition Compulsion
12. Trauma and Enactment
13. The Incorrect Interpretation
"Pre-Object Relatedness will be of interest to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic therapists who work with individuals suffering from early developmental interferences and trauma, and for those whose patients are regressed to states of primary relatedness in the transference." - -The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review