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https://read.qxmd.com/read/30760818/working-with-religion-often-neglected-aspects-of-transference-and-countertransference
#1
Mariam Cohen
The author contends that psychoanalytic theory has generally presented religious beliefs as developmentally immature or pathological. This viewpoint has resulted in a neglect of religion on the part of psychoanalysts and an avoidance of their religious life by patients. Even though there has been an evolution from the traditional Freudian foundational approach to religion as an "illusion" to the inclusion of psychoanalytical training within some Christian institutes and attributions that psychoanalysis, itself, is a religion, religious beliefs should be included in psychotherapy because they can become involved in transference and countertransference issues in ways that are ignored if religious issues are not discussed in therapy...
February 13, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30760817/a-long-term-case-study-with-sadistically-tinged-countertransference-elements
#2
Douglas H Ingram
This case report sketches the psychoanalytically-informed supportive psychotherapeutic treatment of a single man through his life challenges over a twenty-year period. The decades-long challenges arise from obsessive compulsive disorder, pathologic self-effacement with insatiable and unusual erotic components, and severe visual impairment leading to blindness. Sadistically-tinged impulses arising in the countertransference are described.
February 13, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30760816/aggressive-enactments-containing-the-no-in-clinical-work-with-survivors-of-abuse
#3
Marilyn Charles, Zane Dodd, Gregory J Stevens
Identity development depends on the ability to say 'no.' Setting limits enables a relationship between two separate individuals to develop. Early trauma can leave the individual so vigilant to others' demands that internal prohibitions against intrusion remain silenced, which we conceptualize as a 'no' that could not be sufficiently articulated to keep the person safe. For those who have not been able to assert this fundamental limit, the consulting room provides a potential anchoring point to formulate and work through unconscious meanings...
February 13, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30755675/on-dreams-imaginative-knowing-and-not-knowing-appearance-identity-and-shame
#4
Benjamin Kilborne
This paper explores the relation of concepts of the unconscious to notions of the imagination, and both to the dynamics of shame. In this discussion dreams occupy a central place, since they are so intimately related to human relationships and to the human imagination. What is seen, not seen, concealed, relied upon for others not to understand, and what is imagined in the responses of others and of oneself-these are essentially shame dynamics, since our identity is determined by relationships.
February 12, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30755674/marianne-horney-eckardt-m-d-february-12-1913-august-31-2018
#5
Jeffrey B Rubin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 12, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30733551/female-anatomy-and-hysterical-duality
#6
Aya Zaidel
This article attempts to add another layer to our understanding of the phenomenon of hysterical duality. The author postulates that hysterical duality can be explained based on the dual-aspect model of feminine sexuality, which exhibits two initially contradictory paths: one derived from primary vaginal sensations and the other from clitoral pleasure. At first, these two paths create a fundamental split between representations of internal space, containment and motherhood and representations related to auto-eroticism and the effacement of the Other's presence and needs...
February 7, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30733550/doublings-between-bewilderment-and-enlightenment-reading-freud-with-heine-on-the-troubled-identity-of-hirsch-hyacinth
#7
Ian S Miller
The present paper examines Freud's collapse of Heine's poignantly observed multi-cultural narratives in discerning the joke's mechanism of doubling as it progresses from initial bewilderment to momentary enlightenment. In so doing, Freud opens the door to examination of the complex Jewish cultural identity he and Heine share, as represented by the fictional character, "Hirsch-Hyacinth". Hirsch-Hyacinth is a caricature of the "marginal man" in his doubled orientation between and within conflicting aspects of self, a condition reflecting oscillation between idealization, derogation, awareness and dissociation, conditioned by internalization of societal prejudice and traumatization...
February 7, 2019: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30455445/thoughts-on-the-limits-of-a-mutual-technique
#8
Jay Frankel
Ferenczi's appreciation of the inherently mutual nature of the analytic encounter led him, and many who followed, to explore the value of mutual openness between patient and analyst. Specifically, Ferenczi saw the analyst's openness as an antidote to his earlier defensive denial of his failings and ambivalence toward the patient, which had undermined his patient's trust. My own view is that, while the analyst's openness with the patient can indeed help reestablish trust and restore a productive analytic process in the short term, it also poses long-term dangers...
November 19, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30425311/suicide-a-patient-s-wish-to-kill-off-bad-introjects-and-thus-achieve-rebirth
#9
Burton Norman Seitler
Benedict came for treatment because he experienced severe self-deprecating feelings that tortured him. He felt commanded-by what he characterized as internal demons-to kill himself. When he did not do so, he felt humiliated for having been a coward. Simultaneously, he reckoned that if he died his demons would be killed off, but that he would arise brand new. Because Benedict had already "killed off" several earlier therapists, he needed someone who could feel his pain, but would neither die from his emotional storms, nor give up on him...
December 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30415270/the-lonely-passion-of-the-people
#10
Robert M Prince
This paper explores the psychological sources of support for a leader, and unwavering belief in the illusions he promotes, which persists despite confrontation with reality. Lonely passion is an oxymoron. It is passion because of the intensity of the supporters' longing which is partially shaped by fear and loss. Their passion is lonely because they appear to be left empty with their love unrequited, having given their selves up and only having an illusion in return. It explores the effects of socio-economic disruption in creating or contributing to the development of a "social character" and threatening the integrity of the self...
December 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30382164/from-primary-maternal-preoccupation-to-dead-mother
#11
Veronica Csillag
Ferenczi (1929) writes about the unwelcome child who is not ushered into this world with care and grows up in the grip of the death instinct, with a depressive streak and a weakness in the capacity for life. Andre Green's (1986) concept of the dead mother describes a similar phenomenon, by which the image of a loving mother is transformed into an inanimate, dead parent. The absent mother becomes the negative, which will then take up a central position in the child's psyche. Winnicott (1956) describes a different maternal participation, and proposes that towards the end of her pregnancy the ordinary devoted mother develops a psychological condition which he calls primary maternal preoccupation, the main feature of which is the mother's heightened attunement to her baby at the expense of all else...
December 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30361647/the-psychic-life-of-fragments-splitting-from-ferenczi-to-klein
#12
Raluca Soreanu
The present paper starts from the reflection that there is a curious "phenomenological gap" in psychoanalysis when it comes to processes of splitting and to describing the "life" of psychic fragments resulting from processes of splitting. In simpler terms, we are often in a position to lack a precise understanding of what is being split and how the splitting occurs. I argue that although Melanie Klein's work is often engaged when talking of splitting (particularly through discussions on identification, projection and projective identification), there are some important phenomenological opacities in her construction...
December 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30442998/first-florence-ferenczi-special-issue
#13
EDITORIAL
Endre Koritar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30405198/political-divide-in-the-consulting-room
#14
Leslie A Hendelman
This paper addresses a treatment relationship that tests the analyst's capacity for empathy within an impinging political context. It involves a Ferenczian "relaxation of technique" within the analytic frame, while the analytic couple attempts to negotiate a polarized transference and countertransference. Specifically, within a long-term treatment imbued with positive transference, my patient becomes openly outraged by my insensitive anti-Trump remarks. Increasing confrontations around the expression of political views illuminate our otherness...
November 7, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30405197/balint-matters-psychosomatics-and-the-art-of-assessment-by-jonathan-sklar-routledge-abingdon-and-new-york-2018-232pp
#15
Wendy L Stern
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 7, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30405196/the-cut-and-the-building-of-psychoanalysis-volume-ii-sigmund-freud-and-s%C3%A3-ndor-ferenczi-by-carlo-bonomi-routledge-london-new-york-2018-285pp
#16
Louis Rothschild
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 7, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30382163/beyond-anti-thinking-psychoanalysis-as-politics
#17
Ian S Miller
This paper discusses the political nature of psychoanalytic audacity in an era of fake news and disinformation as receptive populations accustom themselves to societal and political misrepresentations of anti-thinking. Against the aggressive rise of anti-thinking that cauterizes individual and societal registration of precarity, the ideological foundation of psychoanalytic inquiry is in the freeing of that which emotionally and ideationally, has felt to be impenetrable, making such contents and expressions available for clarification within the consensual understandings between two very different individuals...
October 31, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30374142/ferenczi-as-social-trauma-thinker
#18
Jô Gondar
In the 21st century, the notion of trauma is so commonly used that one can speak of a culture of trauma. Today, a wide variety of people claim victimhood, pointing to their traumas as validation. Fassin and Rechtman denounce the way in which recognition strategies make use of the identity of victim to justify compensation policies and financial reparations. This paper presents Sándor Ferenczi's contributions on trauma, showing how his theory takes into consideration relational and political aspects that were underemphasized by Freud...
October 29, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30374141/terrified-by-suffering-tormented-by-pain
#19
Judy K Eekhoff
Ferenczi's understanding of the primitive defenses required to cope with trauma, such as introjection, identification with the aggressor, atomization and reckoning, supports the author's clinical observations of patients who introject a pain mother. Introjecting a pain mother assures that the terrorism of the original external event of a suffering mother keeps the internal suffering going, resulting in being tormented by pain. Such an introjection creates technical difficulties for the analyst. A clinical case is presented to demonstrate...
October 29, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30361646/mutuality
#20
André E Haynal
Ferenczi's striving for mutuality, a call which Freud didn't take up, let him explore this concept with his analysands. He thus became the originator of mutual analysis, although with caveats, and of the concept of introjection, another important Ferenczian notion. The analyst's attitude of knowing the 'objective' and independent Truth is changing its orientation into that of a co-construction in the analytic work; here the analyst and the analysand build a third internal world, which they share and which remains their own...
October 25, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
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