The Work of Psychic Figurability

Author: César Botella
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781583918159
Format: PDF, ePub
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The majority of psychoanalysts today agree that the analytic setting faces them daily with certain aspects of their work for which the answers provided by an analytic theory centred exclusively on the notion of representation prove insufficient. On the basis of their experience of analytic practice and illustrated by fascinating clinical material, César and Sára Botella set out to address what they call the work of figurability as a way of outlining the passage from the unrepresentable to the representational. They develop a conception of psychic functioning, which is essentially grounded in the inseparability of the negative, trauma, and the emergence of intelligibility, and describe the analyst's work of figurability arising from the formal regression of his thinking during the session, which proves to be the best and perhaps the only means of access to this state beyond the mnemic trace which is memory without recollection. The Work of Psychic Figurability argues that taking this work into consideration at the heart of the theory of practice is indispensable. Without this, the analytic process is too often in danger of slipping into interminable analyses, into negative therapeutic reactions, or indeed, into disappointing successive analyses.

Donald W Winnicott and the History of the Present

Author: Angela Joyce
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 1782205594
Format: PDF, ePub
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In November 2015, The Winnicott Trust held a major conference in London to celebrate the forthcoming publication of the Collected Works of D. W. Winnicott. Most of the papers given then now constitute the chapters in this book. It not only reflects the ongoing contemporary relevance of Winnicott's work, clinical and theoretical, but these chapters demonstrate the aliveness of Winnicott's contribution as present day practitioners and academics use his ideas in their own way. The chapters range from accounts of the early developmental processes and relationships (Roussillon, Murray), the psychoanalytic setting (Bolognini, Bonaminio, Fabozzi, Joyce, Hopkins) creativity and the arts (Wright, Robinson), Winnicott in the outside world (Kahr, Karpf), to the challenge to the psychoanalytic paradigm that Winnicott’s ideas constitute (Loparic). The phrase ‘the history of the present’ draws on Foucault's radical reconsideration about how to think about history and the present, using a so-called genealogical rather than an archaeological model Using this genealogical concept in relation to our thinking about Winnicott, his ideas, where they sit in psychoanalytic theory and psychoanalytical clinical development, reflects the breadth and depth of his work. Not only does it refer to his interest in the history of people, children, what happens to them in the very beginning of their lives, how that is manifested later adulthood, but it refers to the genealogy of his ideas in the psychoanalytical movement. He sits in a particular relationship to Freud and Klein and we now think of him in terms of a very rich history of psychoanalytic thinking. The ideas of family, of richness and complexity of relationships within a genogram, is a very helpful way of thinking about Winnicott and our relationship with him.

The Quiet Revolution in American Psychoanalysis

Author: Arnold M. Cooper
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781583918913
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book brings together for the first time in one volume selected papers by one of the leading contemporary intellectual figures in the field of psychoanalysis, Arnold M. Cooper M.D. Cooper has addressed every aspect of American psychoanalytic life: theory, clinical work, education, research, the interface with neighboring disciplines, and the institutional life of the profession. In these papers, he both documents and critiques what he calls a 'Quiet Revolution' following the death of Freud, in the way psychoanalysis is conceived: as a science, as a theory of mental life, as a treatment, as a profession. Throughout his professional life, the process of change has fascinated Cooper. His own contributions to psychoanalytic clinical theory have changed our understanding of work with patients to include a greater appreciation of narcissistic and pre-oedipal themes in development and of the human encounter embedded in the psychoanalytic situation. His progressive leadership in our educational and professional organizations has done much to promote change toward greater self-examination and tolerance of new ideas, and indeed, to create the conditions that make change possible. Above all, Cooper's unique ability to observe and reflect upon the process of change, recorded here in papers selected from over 150 written in the years between 1947 and 2002, has helped make Cooper the guide to whom psychoanalysts repeatedly turn to understand not only where, but even what, psychoanalysis is.

Analytische Tr umerei und Deutung

Author: Thomas H. Ogden
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3709162513
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Stimmen zur amerikanischen Originalausgabe: "Einer der führenden psychoanalytischen Theoretiker unserer Zeit seziert die Grundkomponenten der psychoanalytischen Situation in einer solchen Weise, daß der Leser die Psychoanalyse nie mehr wieder auf die selbe Art betrachten wird. Er stellt neue Überlegungen an über die Verwendung der Couch, den technischen Zugang zur Traumdeutung, das Bedürfnis des Klienten und Analytikers nach Zurückgezogenheit, den Gebrauch der Sprache und die Anatomie der Träumerei ..." Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. "Ein neues Werk von Thomas Ogden ist immer ein Ereignis und sein fünftes Buch führt den einfühlsamen und ständig kreativen Geist seiner früheren Schriften weiter ... Von größter Bedeutung für die analytische Partnerschaft ist das Verständnis und der Gebrauch der Träumerei (Reverie), die die Tagträume, sexuellen Fantasien, Körpergefühle und Sorgen umfasst, die den Analytiker während der Sitzung befallen. Diese Beschäftigungen, in der Literatur als unwesentlich fallengelassen, werden als wichtiger Beitrag zur psychoanalytischen Suche dargestellt. Ogdens theoretische Konzepte sind wie immer reichlich klinisch illustriert und ermöglichen eine gute Einsicht in die Art, wie er die überlappenden Traumzustände des Analytikers und des Patienten in der analytischen Reise benützt." Joyce McDougall, Ed.D.