From Id to Intersubjectivity: Talking about the Talking Cure by Dianna T. Kenny

By Dianna T. Kenny

Psychoanalysis has moved some distance from the recommendations of classical psychoanalysis, yet those alterations haven't been understood or disseminated to the broader neighborhood. Even college students and scholars of psychology have an archetypal view of the unique type of psychoanalysis and don't have fun with that significant alterations have occurred.

This e-book commences with a close define of the origins of psychoanalysis and an evidence of key phrases that are frequently misinterpreted. the second one bankruptcy examines the alterations that experience happened in theorizing and perform over the last one hundred twenty years and explores key advancements. the next chapters include an interview with a practitioner operating in a single of every of the 4 significant branches of recent psychoanalysis – item family members, attachment knowledgeable psychotherapy, in depth non permanent dynamic psychotherapy, and relational and intersubjective concept. There follows textual, content material, conceptual, and thematic analyses of the transcripts of interviews and commentaries on a treatment excerpt exploring commonalities and alterations between those theoretical techniques. The ebook closes with a attention of ways those modifications translate into scientific practice.

This e-book goals to entice a large viewers, together with scientific practitioners, scholars of psychology and psychotherapy, the educated lay public, and people puzzling over starting an research.

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Resistance Freud was intrigued by the phenomenon of resistance—it appeared early and frequently in his writing. For example, in 1900, in “Dream of Irma”, Freud observes: The adoption of the required attitude of mind towards ideas that seem to emerge ‘of their own free will’ and the abandonment of the critical function that is normally in operation against them seem to be hard to achieve for some people. The ‘involuntary thoughts’ are liable to release a most violent resistance, which seeks to prevent their emergence.

Thus, the patient resists this process; he tries to avoid WHERE THE TALKING BEGAN: THE BIRTH OF PSYCHOANALYSIS 31 becoming conscious of his own wishes and impulses. Analysis of the resistance involves understanding and pointing out how patients keep important ideas or feelings out of awareness, or how they stop themselves from speaking. In “The dynamics of transference” (1912b), Freud stated, . . if a patient’s free associations fail, the stoppage can invariably be removed by an assurance that he is being dominated at the moment by an association which is concerned with the doctor himself or with something connected with him.

It follows from this that the ego treats recovery itself as a new danger. (Freud, 1937c, p. 238, my italics) Free association Free association was not Freud’s invention. It has a long history in the arts, beginning with its first recorded appearance in a comic play (The Clouds) by the ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, in which the subject was instructed (by the character playing Socrates) to lie on the couch and say whatever came into his mind (Rogers, 1953). Other appearances of the technique are noted in Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) in which he describes “trayns of thoughts .

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