Psychoanalytic listening : methods, limits, and innovations by Salman Akhtar

By Salman Akhtar

'Joseph Breuer's celebrated sufferer, Anna O., special psychoanalysis to be a "talking cure". She used to be right insofar as psychoanalysis does position conversation on the middle degree. although, the point of interest upon the patient's and therapist's conversing actions diverted consciousness from how the 2 events hearken to one another. Psychoanalysis is a listening and speaking medication. either parts are quintessential to scientific work.  Read more...

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Disruptive) efforts to be fruitful. The patient’s inner sense of the analytic relationship must be stable (or should be stabilised) for him or her to utilise the destabilising impact of interpretation which, by definition, brings something new to the patient’s attention. The patient must possess or be helped to possess a “safety feeling” (Sandler, 1960, p. 4) before the risk of encountering the repudiated aspects of his self-experience. Couched in the developmental metaphor, the analyst’s exercise of maternal functions seems to be a prerequisite for his or her exercise of paternal functions.

145)6 Intersubjective listening This perspective is derived from Harry Stack Sullivan’s (1947, 1953) interpersonal view of psychoanalysis which declares that self is nothing but a collection of reflective appraisals and anxiety can only occur in an interpersonal context. As a result, the intersubjective listening has a threefold theoretical foundation: (i) clinical work as embedded in the dynamic interplay between two selves, (ii) all the analytic material (including transference and countertransference) is co-constructed, and (iii) analytic listening is a shared process.

Primal repression” is associated with the non-verbal period of infancy; the elements under it can not be verbally recalled but only be relived. In Frank’s (1969) terminology, this is “the unrememberable and the unforgettable” (p. 48) substrate of the human psyche. Unmentalised silence We know from Bion (1962a, 1962b) and, more recently, from Fonagy and Target (1997) that it takes the maternal processing of a child’s 28 P S Y C H OA N A LY T I C L I S T E N I N G spontaneous, even though incoherent and “un-thinkable” psychic material to cohere in sustainable and intelligible thoughts.

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