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The Analyzing Situation

ISBN 9781855757660
Published December 31, 2009 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

In this book the author explores the particularities of the status of the method in psychoanalysis, linked to the specificity of unconscious psychic processes. If the method aims at ensuring a level of technical mastery, it must also make sure that analytic treatment does not become an 'application' of knowledge. A modern conception of the analytic situation implies going beyond the classical pair of 'setting-interpretation'. Starting out from the postulate of a transferential dynamic of the encounter, the author brings into play the pair 'analyzing site-situation'. The 'analyzing situation' emerges from the utilization, in a found-created mode (Winnicott), of an initial site constituted by a set of means put at the patients disposal. The analyzing situation includes patient and analyst in a self-organizing structure. The notion of a site makes it possible to approach the difference between psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy differently: each site has a 'logic', an intrinsic functional coherence, which have their own incidence on the therapeutic process.

Table of Contents

Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series -- Introduction -- From the fundamental rule to the analyzing situation -- The Sirens’ song -- Clinical reports, interanalytic exchanges -- For a logic of the site: On the difference between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy -- Addendum A -- Addendum B -- Introduction -- Lord Jim or the shame of living -- Tender humour -- Freud and the shadow of the superego -- Work of culture and superego -- A child is being talked about

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