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The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

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  • Contents Of Volume Lxxxvi.

    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
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  • On The Birth And Development Of Psychoanalytic Field Theory, Part 2.
    Martin A. Silverman.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2- Advances in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory: Concept and Further Development. Edited by S. Montana Katz, Roosevelt Cassorla, and Giuseppe Civitarese. London/New York: Routledge, 2017. 212 pp. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 919-932, October 2017.
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  • On Becoming Able To Play: Individual Child Psychoanalytic Psychodrama And The Development Of Symbolization.
    Luca Quagelli, Paola Solano.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 In this paper, the authors analyze the relevance and transformative potential of individual psychoanalytic psychodrama in the treatment of children with severe impairments in symbolization. Central features of this modality, including promoting the representation of early traumatic experiences, are presented and discussed. Specific features include double‐envelope containment of the co‐therapists’ group and play leader, consequent diffraction of the transference‐determining portrayal, gradual integration, and initial figuration of coexisting split‐off fragments. Drawing on in‐depth clinical material, the authors show how psychodrama tempers the potentially traumatic effects of the encounter with the object, allowing these patients to access the transitional area of play. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 889-918, October 2017.
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  • The Missing Father Function In Psychoanalytic Theory And Technique: The Analyst's Internal Couple And Maturing Intimacy.
    Michael J. Diamond.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 This paper argues that recovering the “missing” paternal function in analytic space is essential for the patient's achievement of mature object relations. Emerging from the helpless infant's contact with primary caregivers, mature intimacy rests on establishing healthy triadic functioning based on an infant‐with‐mother‐and‐father. Despite a maternocentric bias in contemporary clinical theory, the emergence of triangularity and the inclusion of the paternal third as a separating element is vital in the analytic dyad. Effective technique requires the analyst's balanced interplay between the paternal, investigative and the maternal, maximally receptive modes of functioning—the good enough analytic couple within the analyst—to serve as the separating element that procreatively fertilizes the capacity for intimacy with a differentiated other. A clinical example illustrates how treatment is limited when the paternal function is minimized within more collusive, unconsciously symbiotic dyads. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 861-887, October 2017.
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  • Michel De M'uzan And Origins Of Identity.
    Richard B. Simpson.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 Michel de M'Uzan describes a way to think about identity in which two distinct sources of our sense of identity must be considered. His innovation is the concept of the vital‐identital, which he suggests is equally foundational with the sense of identity derived from the early human environment. The term endogenous identity is used to unify under one heading the ideas that de M'Uzan employs to build his concept of vital‐identital. The author summarizes de M'Uzan's earlier work, elaborates on his more recent ideas, and illustrates the use of de M'Uzan's ideas with a cultural and a clinical example. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 835-860, October 2017.
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  • The Storied Analyst: Desire And Persuasion In The Clinical Vignette.
    Dhipthi Mulligan.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 Beginning with the quintessentially psychoanalytic tales of Freud, the case history has held a privileged position in the history and practice of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysts grow up with, grow into, and grow out of these narratives as clinical practitioners. Alongside the representational aspects of these case histories, there is a rhetorical or persuasive force that significantly influences us. The author contends that the theory of narrative and rhetoric can inform the how, the why, and the “so what?” of our relationship to these stories of psychoanalysis. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 811-833, October 2017.
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  • Transference Before Transference.
    Vincenzo Bonaminio.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 This paper is predominantly a clinical presentation that describes the transmigration of one patient's transference to another, with the analyst functioning as a sort of transponder. It involves an apparently accidental episode in which there was an unconscious intersection between two patients. The author's aim is to show how transference from one case may affect transference in another, a phenomenon the author calls transference before transference. The author believes that this idea may serve as a tool for understanding the unconscious work that takes place in the clinical situation. In a clinical example, the analyst finds himself caught up in an enactment involving two patients in which he becomes the medium of what happens in session. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 795-810, October 2017.
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  • From Extension To Revolutionary Change In Clinical Psychoanalysis: The Radical Influence Of Bion And Winnicott.
    Ofra Eshel.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. December 13, 2017
    --- - |2 This paper addresses the radical departure of late Bion's and Winnicott's clinical ideas and practices from traditional psychoanalytic work, introducing a revolutionary change in clinical psychoanalysis. The profound significance and implications of their thinking are explored, and in particular Bion's conception of transformation in O and Winnicott's clinical‐technical revision of analytic work, with its emphasis on regression in the treatment of more disturbed patients. The author specifically connects the unknown and unknowable emotional reality‐O with unthinkable breakdown (Winnicott) and catastrophe (Bion). The author suggests that the revolutionary approach introduced by the clinical thinking of late Bion and Winnicott be termed quantum psychoanalysis. She thinks that this approach can coexist with classical psychoanalysis in the same way that classical physics coexists with quantum physics. - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Volume 86, Issue 4, Page 753-794, October 2017.
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  • Psicoterapia E Scienze Umane.
    Gina Atkinson.
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    Jon Mills.
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    Joseph Reppen.
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    Sandra A. Sinicropi.
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  • William Hazlitt, Obsessive Love, And Liber Amoris.
    Harry Trosman.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    William Hazlitt, a distinguished literary figure of the early nineteenth century and a forerunner of psychoanalytic insights, had a keen awareness of the impact of the imagination on assessing works of art. At forty‐two, he became hopelessly involved in an obsessive love affair with a nineteen‐year‐old woman and could not extricate himself from the relationship. The affair followed the death of his father, a powerful influence on his life. Factors in his obsessive love included finding an object of idealization subject to his imaginative creation and narcissistically reexperiencing himself about to begin a new life.
    August 16, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12161   open full text
  • The Vibrant Challenges Of Clinically Effective Psychoanalytic Mindedness.
    Michael J. Diamond.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    In addressing the central challenges of developing and maintaining the analyst's psychoanalytic mindedness, this paper focuses on two particularly challenging core components of clinical effectiveness not so easily developed despite the rigors of the tripartite training model. The first is the analyst's receptivity to unconscious communication, which entails the analyst's curiosity, acceptance of human nature, doubt, restraint, narcissistic balance, and integrity. A brief clinical vignette illustrates this. The second factor is recognizing and managing the inherent disappointments and narcissistic challenges in working psychoanalytically. The author maintains that the ability to lose and subsequently recover one's analytic mind entails discipline, courage, and faith that only experience can provide.
    August 16, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12160   open full text
  • Clinical Winnicott: Traveling A Revolutionary Road.
    Vincenzo Bonaminio.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    The author contends that, contrary to the usual perception that Winnicott followed a linear progression “through pediatrics to psychoanalysis,” Winnicott's vision was always a psychoanalytic one, even during his early pediatric work. His place in the development of psychoanalytic theory is highlighted, and the author discusses such key Winnicottian concepts as transitional space, the false self, and the use of the object. Winnicott's unique approach to the form and value of analytic interpretation is particularly emphasized, and his thoughts on the treatment of depression are also addressed, as well as his distinction between regression and withdrawal. Included is a summary of convergences and divergences between Winnicott's thinking and that of Bion.
    August 16, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12159   open full text
  • The Epistemology Behind The Curtain: Thoughts On The Science Of Psychoanalysis.
    Brett H. Clarke.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    This essay is concerned with the epistemological complications of the interface between psychoanalysis and “scientific” disciplines and methodologies—in particular, with respect to theories of knowledge and conceptualizations of subjectivity appropriate to psychoanalysis. The author suggests that there is in such interface the potential for an untheorized scientism in empiricist prescriptions for the reform and rescue of psychoanalysis, and revisits the notion that subjectivity as conceived psychoanalytically, grounded in lived experience, is irreducible in ways that are unique and existentially abiding. The author explores the problem through the lens of philosophical hermeneutics and cautions against merging psychoanalysis, under the guise of a salutary pluralism, with disciplines guided by a systematized empiricism and its attendant epistemological commitments.
    August 16, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12158   open full text
  • Reexamining Schreber Through The Lens Of A Present‐Day Case: Fantasies Of Death, Rebirth, And Gender Transformation.
    Bennett E. Roth.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    In the history of psychoanalysis, the Schreber case has long been a source of controversy. Speculations about Schreber have abounded essentially because none of the speculators, including Freud (), has been constrained by the reality of interactive dynamics with Schreber on the couch. This author contends, however, that knowing someone analytically must involve the transference experience. He presents the case of Z, a middle‐aged patient of his who described a fantasy that was uncannily similar to Schreber's, permitting a present‐day reexamination of the original case, as well as ongoing speculations that include the way in which live clinical material can interact with the reading of a historical document.
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  • Atypical Discourses.
    Joseph R. Dwaihy.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. August 16, 2017
    This essay outlines novel ways of communicating with patients by altering semantics, syntax, word use, or sounds. Language is viewed as a tool for coping with problems rather than a medium with which to mirror external reality or internal human nature. This view of language emerges from a pragmatic critique of truth. The broader goal of this essay is to weave together the philosophy of pragmatism, especially as it has been articulated by Richard Rorty, with the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. Clinical case examples are discussed.
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  • Affect, Symptom, Fantasy, Dream: Clinical And Theoretical Considerations.
    Eugene J. Mahon.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    A symptom being studied in the process of analysis can be seen as not unlike the unconscious affect it sprang from. The author presents a case in which a symptom, premature ejaculation, was analogous to the unconscious affect of guilt, which itself seemed to be a premature defensive transformation of a deeper current of anger. Guilt was interpreted as if it were a psychic premature ejaculation, a defensive derailment of anger. Fantasy and dream seemed to be engaged in similar transformations, with a fantasy of “premature incarceration” not unlike the symptom itself in its analogous functioning. Analysis of affect, symptom, fantasy, and dream in complex, integrative analytic process led not only to resolution of the symptom itself, but also to a deeper understanding of the mind's complex functioning in general.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12145   open full text
  • The Study And Treatment Of Mothers And Infants, Then And Now: Melanie Klein's “Notes On Baby” In A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Context.
    Joseph Aguayo, Björn Salomonsson.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    This paper draws on Melanie Klein's (unpublished) observational notes of her infant grandson, written primarily in 1938 and 1939. Apart from moving glimpses into a young family's life, the notes contain astute observations of an infant's behavior and emotions. Compared with Klein's published writings, the style is less theoretical and polemical. Later, in his latency years, Klein's grandson was in analysis with Marion Milner, who in 1952 published a paper drawing on the treatment. The present paper focuses on (1) how observations and treatment of the same child and his family by clinicians in close relationships with each other (Klein, Milner, and Winnicott) fertilized reciprocal influence but also brought into question the validity of Klein's observations, and (2) the relative merits and contributions of various modalities in understanding the infant's psyche, including experimental research, direct observation, parent–infant psychotherapy, and reconstructions from older patients—as occurs, for example, in psychoanalysis.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12144   open full text
  • Hypochondria: A Review Of Its Place In Psychoanalytic Theory.
    Georgios Stathopoulos.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    After identifying Freud's fundamental contributions to the concept of hypochondria, the author undertakes a brief review of the term's trajectory within the Anglophone and Francophone psychoanalytic literature. Notions of defense, anxiety, and representation as they relate to corporeal experience are discussed. The author illustrates these main axes with which to read hypochondria with clinical material drawn from the analysis of a woman in whom somatic manifestations were especially pervasive.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12143   open full text
  • Seeking Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair.
    Elena Molinari.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    The author explores the concept of comfort in relation to the setting. The concept of comfort, an unusual word in the psychoanalytic lexicon, describes the intuitive and complex experience of patient and analyst being together in the analytic office. The couch and the chair are not the only tools of the setting, but they are potential instruments with which to study the therapeutic process, both in high‐frequency therapy and in lower‐frequency treatments. To describe the transformations that an alternative experience of comfort can promote, the author looks at the intersection of this concept with the body–mind relationship and with the Bionian concept of binocular vision.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12142   open full text
  • Recovering The Father In Mind And Flesh: History, Triadic Functioning, And Developmental Implications.
    Michael J. Diamond.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    This paper aims to restore the father and paternal function to their rightful place alongside the mother and maternity in order to counter the prevailing matricentric, dyadic bias in psychoanalytic theory and technique. The author contends that both the symbolic and the actual, flesh‐and‐blood father are necessary to optimize his child's development. The paternal function inevitably operates in a triadic matrix; thirdness is always psychically in existence—with the father ever present in the mother's unconscious mind—and the paternal third is necessary to open up symbolic space. As an embodied other, the actual father, both as a separating agent and an attracting object, is called upon to recognize his child's otherness throughout the inescapable father–child rivalries, neglect, and desire.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12141   open full text
  • Shifting Between Alternative Modes Of Cognition: Can Free Association, In And Of Itself, Prove Therapeutic?
    Richard Tuch.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. June 19, 2017
    From early on in his career, at the time of his treatment of Frau Emmy von N., Freud (Breuer and Freud 1895) recognized the value of listening to the patient's material without attempting to steer it along a particular course. His focus on the method of freie Einfalle (free association), to be presented to the patient as the fundamental rule of analytic treatment, led to his recommendation that the analyst listen with evenly suspended attention (Freud ). But is free association therapeutic in and of itself? The author proposes an affirmative reply to this question based on the contribution of free association to the patient's nascent ability to shift between active and passive modes of cognition.
    June 19, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12140   open full text
  • Two Psychotic Playwrights At Work: The Late Plays Of August Strindberg And Tennessee Williams.
    George Mandelbaum.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    August Strindberg and Tennessee Williams both became severely deranged during their playwriting careers. Both emerged from the most intense form of their derangement and wrote plays afterward. Strindberg, however, wrote his greatest plays after his psychosis; Williams, before his. Strindberg's psychosis spurred his creativity; that of Williams severely damaged his. This paper proposes that Strindberg mastered his psychosis and that in his late plays he dramatically symbolized psychotic processes. Williams, on the other hand, could neither access nor master his, and his late plays embody the repeated, unsymbolized acting out of his psychosis within an aesthetic context. These differences between the two playwrights become clear not through analysis of dramatic characters, but through changes that each playwright made to the dramatic medium itself.
    March 08, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12129   open full text
  • Revisiting Destruction In “The Use Of An Object”.
    Jeremy Elkins.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    “The Use of an Object” (1969a) has been widely recognized as among Winnicott's great papers and has deservedly received a good deal of attention. Much of that attention has focused on the importance that the paper gives to the role of destruction in bringing about the experience of externality. Yet the nature of that destruction has too often been assumed based on Winnicott's earlier writings. In the view that follows from that, destruction is equated with the aggression that fails to destroy the object, and the experience of externality is regarded just as the result of that failure. In offering a rereading of “The Use of an Object,” the author suggests that, while this aspect of aggression/destruction indeed plays an important role in the establishment of externality, it is only part of the story, and that the central contribution of “The Use of an Object” is Winnicott's attempt to offer a new theory of primitive destruction, one that provides an impulsive basis for separation/externality itself. This theory and Winnicott's ongoing attempts to develop it after “The Use of an Object” led him to rethink the very nature of the drives.
    March 08, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12128   open full text
  • A Model For Integrating Actual Neurotic Or Unrepresented States And Symbolized Aspects Of Intrapsychic Conflict.
    Fredric N. Busch.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    In psychoanalytic theory, the importance of actual neuroses—considered to be devoid of psychic content—diminished as Freud and subsequent analysts focused on unconscious intrapsychic conflict. This paper explores the relationship between actual neurotic and unrepresented states, which are believed to be best addressed through attention to countertransference, intersubjectivity, and enactments rather than interpretation of intrapsychic conflict. Models suggesting how actual neurotic states and symbolized intrapsychic conflict may interact with each other and environmental stressors are described. Symbolizing actual neurotic states and establishing meaningful linkages between somatic/affective experiences and intrapsychic conflict are viewed as necessary for effective treatment of many disorders.
    March 08, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12127   open full text
  • The Analyst's Relocation: Analysis Terminable, Interminable, And Dislocated.
    Daria Colombo.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    The analyst's relocation is relatively neglected in the literature. Yet relocation is profoundly unsettling, striking at the psychoanalytic contract in a way that illness or even severe countertransference disturbances do not, and this unsettling aspect of resettling can disturb analytic functioning. The few previous papers about relocation focus on how to best understand and manage “reality” intrusions in terms of the nature and status of the transference relationship. In this paper, an engagement with object relational ideas is the prism through which to examine the dislocations of relocation and the potential disruptions of thinking caused by the vicissitudes of moving.
    March 08, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12126   open full text
  • Ten Short Essays On How Trauma Is Inextricably Woven Into Psychic Life.
    Dominique Scarfone.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    The author contends that it is possible to reconcile trauma and drive theories of psychopathology if we carefully examine the general notion of trauma and reexamine Freud's () theory of war neurosis and of repression itself as an elementary form of traumatic neurosis. The logic of these views follows Laplanche's reintroduction and generalization of the seduction theory in contemporary psychoanalysis.
    March 08, 2017   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12125   open full text
  • Dreaming The Analytic Session: A Clinical Essay.
    Thomas H. Ogden.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. March 08, 2017
    This is a clinical paper in which the author describes analytic work in which he dreams the analytic session with three of his patients. He begins with a brief discussion of aspects of analytic theory that make up a good deal of the context for his clinical work. Central among these concepts are (1) the idea that the role of the analyst is to help the patient dream his previously “undreamt” and “interrupted” dreams; and (2) dreaming the analytic session involves engaging in the experience of dreaming the session with the patient and, at the same time, unconsciously (and at times consciously) understanding the dream. The author offers no “technique” for dreaming the analytic session. Each analyst must find his or her own way of dreaming each session with each patient. Dreaming the session is not something one works at; rather, one tries not to get in its way.
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  • The Dialogical Self In Psychoanalysis.
    Felipe Muller.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    This paper describes the shift that appears to be taking place in contemporary psychoanalysis, as reflected among intersubjective approaches, from a monological conception of the self to a dialogical one. The monological self emphasizes the separation between mind, body, and external world, focusing on the representational and descriptive/referential function of language. In contrast, the dialogical self emphasizes practices, the permeable nature of relationships between subjects, and the constitutive function of language. This paper attempts to explain the growing emphasis on the dialogical self, understood from a theoretical, metatheoretical, and technical point of view, using contemporary intersubjective approaches to illustrate this shift.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12111   open full text
  • W. R. D. Fairbairn And The Problem Of Homosexuality: A Study In Psychoanalytic Prejudice.
    Hilary J. Beattie.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    W. R. D. Fairbairn believed that the psychoanalyst's motivations and theories must ultimately be rooted in a need to resolve personal conflicts. His self‐analytic and other records, now publicly available, indicate how his struggles with unacceptable sexual feelings and their symptomatic manifestations affected not only his theorizing, especially about sexuality, but also his clinical practice, as well as his personal and family life. Fairbairn's case affords a unique opportunity to document the effects of homophobia in a major psychoanalyst.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12110   open full text
  • Response To Commentaries On My Paper, “An Analyst's Uncertainty And Fear”.
    Judith Fingert Chused.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12109   open full text
  • Commentary On Judith Fingert Chused's “An Analyst's Uncertainty And Fear”.
    Richard B. Zimmer.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12108   open full text
  • The Desire For Therapeutic Gain: Commentary On Chused's “An Analyst's Uncertainty And Fear”.
    Mitchell Wilson.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12107   open full text
  • Comments On Judith Fingert Chused's “An Analyst's Uncertainty And Fear”.
    Aisha Abbasi.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12106   open full text
  • An Analyst's Uncertainty And Fear.
    Judith Fingert Chused.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    The motivations for choosing psychoanalysis as a profession are many and differ depending on the psychology of the analyst. However, common to most psychoanalysts is the desire to forge a helpful relationship with the individuals with whom they work therapeutically. This article presents an example of what happens when an analyst is confronted by a patient for whom being in a relationship and being helped are intolerable.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12105   open full text
  • Editor's Introduction.
    Jay Greenberg.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. October 05, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    October 05, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12104   open full text
  • Dream Diagnostics: Fritz Morgenthaler's Work On Dreams.
    Ralf Binswanger.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    The unique approach to dreams of Swiss psychoanalyst Fritz Morgenthaler (1919–1984) is presented and discussed. Although rarely discussed in the English‐speaking psychoanalytic world, this approach is very alive in German‐speaking countries. Focusing on the distinction between the remembered hallucinatory experience of dreamers and the event of telling dreams within psychoanalytic sessions, Morgenthaler made two major innovations: first, he proposed a new understanding and handling of associations to dreams, and second, he offered what he called dream diagnostics as an instrument with which to integrate both resistance and transference into clinical work with dreams.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12091   open full text
  • Rethinking The Role Of Small‐Group Collaborators And Adversaries In The London Kleinian Development (1914–1968).
    Joseph Aguayo, Agnes Regeczkey.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    The authors historically situate the London Kleinian development in terms of the small‐group collaborations and adversaries that arose during the course of Melanie Klein's career. Some collaborations later became personally adversarial (e.g., those Klein had with Glover and Schmideberg); other adversarial relationships forever remained that way (with A. Freud); while still other long‐term collaborations became theoretically contentious (such as with Winnicott and Heimann). After the Controversial Discussions in 1944, Klein marginalized one group of supporters (Heimann, Winnicott, and Riviere) in favor of another group (Rosenfeld, Segal, and Bion). After Klein's death in 1960, Bion maintained loyalty to Klein's ideas while quietly distancing his work from the London Klein group, immigrating to the United States in 1968.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12090   open full text
  • Encounters With Psychosis.
    Joseph R. Dwaihy.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    This essay offers a personal account of one physician's attempt to engage with psychotic patients in an inner‐city hospital. It considers some of the obstacles to psychoanalytic work with psychotic patients, including anxiety in the psychotherapist, anxiety in the patient, institutional resistances, and paradigmatic errors. A discussion of paradigmatic errors in Western mental health care is expanded upon. Rorty's () critique of objectivity and Kuhn's () work on scientific paradigm shifts are discussed in an attempt to demonstrate how we might better understand psychosis as an illness and connect with patients across the entire diagnostic spectrum.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12089   open full text
  • The Ultimate Insight: The Patient's Awareness Of Mother's Filicidal Wishes.
    Cecilio Paniagua.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    The author reviews myths and traditional tales in which the protagonist is a filicidal mother. In a displaced form, filicidal mothers appear as the ubiquitous witches of folklore. This imago is universal in fantasies and pavor nocturnus in children, regardless of the quality of care of the real maternal figures. To this phenomenon—the result of defensive externalization of primitive fears—a fundamental dimension is added when this dread seems corroborated by the mother's manifestly murderous wishes and behavior. Clinical examples of this pathogenic circumstance are provided, with comments on the development of dissociation versus repression, depending on the severity of early traumas. The evolution of symptoms and character disorder in adulthood is discussed, as well as interpretive and technical dilemmas posed by these patients.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12088   open full text
  • Psychoanalysis As Applied Aesthetics.
    Stephen H. Richmond.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    The question of how to place psychoanalysis in relation to science has been debated since the beginning of psychoanalysis and continues to this day. The author argues that psychoanalysis is best viewed as a form of applied art (also termed applied aesthetics) in parallel to medicine as applied science. This postulate draws on a functional definition of modernity as involving the differentiation of the value spheres of science, art, and religion. The validity criteria for each of the value spheres are discussed. Freud is examined, drawing on Habermas, and seen to have erred by claiming that the psychoanalytic method is a form of science. Implications for clinical and metapsychological issues in psychoanalysis are discussed.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12087   open full text
  • My Father, Myself.
    Ilany Kogan.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 18, 2016
    This essay presents material from the second analysis of an offspring of two Holocaust survivors, each of whom lost a child during the war. The first analysis (Kogan ) focused primarily on the patient's relationship with her mother. This second analysis revolves around the elaboration of the complex and painful father–daughter relationship, centering on the events surrounding the death of the patient's father. The discussion includes an exploration of the father's deferred action on account of his Holocaust trauma, which he passed on to the next generation; the break in the idealized paternal representation; and the daughter's identification with her father's disavowed aggressive aspects. It also examines some of the unique transference and countertransference problems that arose, mainly because patient and analyst belonged to the same traumatized large group.
    July 18, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12086   open full text
  • The Experience Of Truth In Psychoanalysis Today.
    Wendy W. Katz.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12082   open full text
  • Truth As Immediacy And Unison: A New Common Ground In Psychoanalysis? Commentary On Essays Addressing “Is Truth Relevant?”.
    Giuseppe Civitarese.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12081   open full text
  • Illusion, Disillusion, And Irony In Psychoanalysis.
    John Steiner.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    The author draws a parallel between an analyst listening to a patient and a member of an audience watching a play. In both situations, it is important to be able to adopt a dual identity in order to participate in the action through identification and then to withdraw from the identification to adopt the position of an observer. The author discusses two plays, Ibsen's The Wild Duck (1884) and Sophocles's Oedipus the King (5th century BC, a), and concludes that an ironic attitude to these works can help the spectator to adopt these dual identities and to recognize the value of truth, while at the same time appreciating that reality can be harsh and sometimes unbearable. A similar ironic vision in relation to his patients can enable the analyst to retain a respect for truth alongside a sympathetic awareness of the need for illusion.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12080   open full text
  • On Language And Truth In Psychoanalysis.
    Thomas H. Ogden.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    The author's focus in this paper is on the role that language plays in bringing to life the truth of the patient's lived experience in the analytic session. He discusses particular forms of discourse that enable the patient to experience with the analyst the truth that the patient had previously been unable to experience, much less put into words, on his own. The three forms of discourse that the author explores—direct discourse, tangential discourse, and discourse of non sequiturs—do not simply serve as ways of communicating the truth; they are integral aspects of the truth of what is happening at any given moment of a session. The truth that is experienced and expressed in the analytic discourse lies at least as much in the breaks (the disjunctions) in that discourse as in its manifest narrative.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12079   open full text
  • Psychoanalysis And The Problem Of Truth.
    Howard B. Levine.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    After briefly reviewing Freud's search for “the truth” in psychoanalytic treatments, the author discusses Bion's views on truth and its prominence in his thinking. The author then addresses various definitions of truth, drawing particularly on recent comments by Ogden (2015). Considerations of the relationship between truth and philosophy, and of that between truth and the arts, follow; the author then returns to a focus on psychoanalytic truth as emergent. Our view of the latter has been strongly influenced, he notes, by changing views of therapeutic action and the goals of psychoanalysis.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12078   open full text
  • The Man Who Would Be Everything (To Everyone): The Unconscious Realities And Fantasies Of Psychic Truth And Change.
    Jody Messler Davies.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    This paper explores the psychoanalyst's dilemmas in treating a man who came for analysis as a self‐identified compulsive liar. The decision as to whether or not to treat this man, and how to do so without getting caught up in a web of deceit and manipulation, raises issues about the nature of unconscious fantasy and its relationship to psychic truth. Therapeutic action as it involves the activation of multiple internal self–other configurations and their psychodynamic relationship to each other is also explored.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12077   open full text
  • The Search For Psychic Truths.
    Fred Busch.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    Emphasizing psychic truths as the major domain of psychoanalysis, the author explores the complexity of defining such psychic truths. It is suggested that thinking of levels of psychic truths is the most useful approach. How to understand trauma and historical truth within this context is examined. The role of the analyst as aiding the search for psychic truths, rather than functioning as psychic “truth teller,” is discussed within the context of paradigmatic changes in the psychoanalytic method that form an emerging common ground.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12076   open full text
  • The Quest For Truth As The Foundation Of Psychoanalytic Practice: A Traditional Freudian‐Kleinian Perspective.
    Rachel B. Blass.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    In responding to the question of whether truth in psychoanalysis is relevant today, the author presents what she refers to as a traditional Freudian‐Kleinian perspective. According to this perspective, truth is not only relevant, but rather the quest for it is the alpha and omega of psychoanalytic practice. The author reviews Freud's approach to truth and then discusses Klein's essential contribution to its understanding, grounding, and enrichment, highlighting Klein's thinking about phantasy and the life and death instincts. Finally, the author contends with the opposing view that the quest for truth is no longer relevant to contemporary analytic practice.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12075   open full text
  • When Is Truth Relevant?
    Elizabeth Allison, Peter Fonagy.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    The authors argue that the experience of knowing and having the truth about oneself known in the context of therapy is not an end in itself; rather, it is important because the trust engendered by this experience (epistemic trust or trust in new knowledge) opens one up to learning about one's social world and finding better ways to live in it. The authors consider the consequences of a lack of epistemic trust in terms of psychopathology.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12074   open full text
  • Editor's Introduction: Is Truth Relevant?
    Jay Greenberg.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 26, 2016
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    April 26, 2016   doi: 10.1002/psaq.12073   open full text
  • Spontaneous “Cures”: Norman Reider's Forgotten Paper, Part Ii.
    Dale Boesky.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 28, 2014
    Part I of this paper combined an introduction to Norman Reider's original 1955 paper with a republication of the paper itself. Part II is a discussion of the complexities of a comparison of past and present psychoanalytic literature. The concept of enactment is proposed as one of many possible alternative views in considering Reider's notion of spontaneous “cures.” A careful consideration of these spontaneous cures within the ordinary ups and downs of any psychoanalytic treatment sheds important light on our continuing confusion about how we define the term cure, and therefore about the nature of change during psychoanalytic treatment. This alternative perspective is only one of many plausible ones for present‐day readers. The purpose of this republication is not to propose an explanation for “what really happened” with Reider and his patients; rather, it is to reconsider the fallacy of evaluating his paper outside its historical context and thereby failing to appreciate his courage in presenting what at the time were radical views. Questions about the complexity and confusion regarding cure and change require reexamination of the neglect of epistemology on the part of psychoanalysis in prolonging the confusion about distinguishing psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
    April 28, 2014   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2014.00097.x   open full text
  • Spontaneous Remissions: Norman Reider's Forgotten Paper, Part I.
    Dale Boesky.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 28, 2014
    Almost sixty years ago, Norman Reider published a paper about spontaneous “remissions” he had observed. He discussed the manner in which psychoanalytic theory provided a way to partially explain these otherwise mysterious remissions or improvements in symptoms, some without benefit of either psychoanalysis or psychotherapy. Especially important were his comments about the negligible role of interpretation or insight in these examples. His conjectures reflected controversies that were current at the time and that remain unsettled. Of special interest is his introduction of some highly original ways to think of applying psychoanalytic ideas to supportive psychotherapy. But few analysts today have heard of this paper. A reconsideration of his paper allows us to be vividly reminded about our enduring and profound confusion about exactly what constitutes a “cure” at all. Spontaneous shifts in the severity of symptoms may be viewed as experiments of nature that we have neglected to investigate as valuable restraints on our immodest therapeutic claims.
    April 28, 2014   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2014.00096.x   open full text
  • The Fate Of Aggression In Maso‐Masochistic Relationships.
    Desnee A. Hall.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. April 28, 2014
    This paper examines an underexplored dimension of interpersonal relating: the relationship formed between two individuals who relate to each other in masochistic ways. The common assumption is that a sadist forms an alliance with a masochist, and that a balance is struck between an individual who is “one up” and another who is “one down.” However, relationships are frequently established between two people who both experience themselves as chronically “one down,” each playing victim to the other's aggression. This paper explores disavowed aggression in this type of couple, the implications of this disavowal for treatment, and the sadomasochistic reverberations within the therapist.
    April 28, 2014   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2014.00095.x   open full text
    Jason A. Wheeler Vega.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00055.x   open full text
    Sidney H. Phillips.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00054.x   open full text
  • THE ANALYSIS OF FAILURE. By Arnold Goldberg.
    Sarah Ackerman.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00053.x   open full text
  • Withstanding Trauma: The Significance Of Emma Eckstein's Circumcision To Freud's Irma Dream.
    Carlo Bonomi.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    The author considers the medical rationale for Wilhelm Fliess's operation on Emma Eckstein's nose in February 1895 and interprets the possible role that this played in Freud's dream of Irma's injection five months later. The author's main argument is that Emma likely endured female castration as a child and that she therefore experienced the surgery to her nose in 1895 as a retraumatization of her childhood trauma. The author further argues that Freud's unconscious identification with Emma, which broke through in his dream of Irma's injection with resistances and apotropaic defenses, served to accentuate his own “masculine protest”. The understanding brought to light by the present interpretation of Freud's Irma dream, when coupled with our previous knowledge of Freud, allows us to better grasp the unconscious logic and origins of psychoanalysis itself.1
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00052.x   open full text
  • On The Therapist's Yearning For Intimacy.
    Hanoch Yerushalmi.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    From the beginning of clinical psychoanalysis, analysts have been at risk of succumbing to yearnings for intimacy and contact that are stirred up by the heat of the analytic encounter. Recently, as theoretical developments have encouraged us to create moments of meeting (Stern et al. 1998) and have urged us to tolerate the feelings stimulated by enactments, these risks have increased. The author points out that foregoing the realization of this yearning within the analytic relationship and the resultant mourning for the loss of a fantasy or illusion carries a heavy personal price tag for the therapist.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00051.x   open full text
  • Borges In My Office: The Analysis Of A Man Dwelling Outside Of Time.
    Michael Shoshani, Batya Shoshani.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    This article weaves together two threads: the intricacies of the analysis of a difficult‐to‐reach yet extraordinary patient and the literary works of Jorge Luis Borges, which played a significant role in the analysis as a source of inspiration, enriching the analyst's reverie and opening up new psychic spaces. The authors demonstrate the analyst's recourse to several of Borges's stories in order to enrich his own inner world and to better understand the analysand. Some of these stories are briefly presented through the analyst's dialogue with them, and there is a discussion of their function in facilitating the process of working through issues of time, memory, mortality, and identity, contributing to the enhancement of the patient's ability to come face to face with the unwanted, split‐off parts of his self and of reality.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00050.x   open full text
  • Bion's “Evidence” And His Theoretical Style.
    Giuseppe Civitarese.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    The author discusses “Evidence” (1976), a brief but very intense and fascinating paper in which Bion provides a unique opportunity to see him at work in his clinical practice. In the story of a patient, Bion reconstructs two sessions that are all the more true for being imaginary—i.e., narrated (“dreamed”). The matter of language and style in psychoanalysis is of the utmost importance, according to Bion—one could say, literally, a matter of life or death. In Bion's discourse, writing, reading, and analysis converge in the same place, the author notes; all are significant if they involve an experience of truth and the ability to learn from experience.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00049.x   open full text
  • Neutrality In The Field: Alpha‐Function And The Dreaming Dyad In Psychoanalytic Process.
    Henry P. Schwartz.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    Analysts have interpreted the concept of neutrality in a variety of ways, beginning with Strachey's use of that word to translate Freud's (1915) term, Indifferenz. In this paper, neutrality is linked to Freud's notions of free association and evenly suspended attention. A history of psychoanalytic attempts to clarify the concept are presented, with special attention to issues of ambiguity and the patient's role in the determination of neutrality. Neutrality is further elaborated in relation to the bipersonal field as described by the Barangers and contemporary field theorists. Understood in terms of the field, neutrality becomes a transpersonal concept, here conceived in terms of alpha‐function and a dreaming dyad. Two clinical examples cast in the light of a Bionian perspective are discussed to suggest an alternative understanding of analytic impasses and their relation to alpha‐function and neutrality.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00048.x   open full text
  • Paternal Function And Thirdness In Psychoanalysis And Legend: Has The Future Been Foretold?
    Rosine Jozef Perelberg.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    This paper examines the Akedah, the biblical narrative of the Binding of Isaac, and suggests that this story may be interpreted as inaugurating paternal function and thirdness. It marks the passage from the narcissistic father to the symbolic, dead father, and the institution of the Law that forbids all killings, opening up the succession of the generations. The author suggests that time is an essential element in establishing thirdness, creating a link between the here and now and the there and then in the après coup of the psychoanalytic process. The author also briefly reviews the psychoanalytic literature on thirdness and indicates this paper's contribution to it.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00047.x   open full text
  • Revue Française De Psychanalyse.
    Emmett Wilson.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00059.x   open full text
  • THE VIENNA JAZZ TRIO. By Tomas Böhm.
    Dennis Haseley.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00058.x   open full text
    Bradley Collins.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00057.x   open full text
    Daria Colombo.
    The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. July 03, 2013
    There is no abstract available for this paper.
    July 03, 2013   doi: 10.1002/j.2167-4086.2013.00056.x   open full text