By Steven H. Cooper
The box, as Steven Cooper describes it, is made from the inextricably similar worlds of internalized item relatives and interpersonal interplay. additionally, the analytic dyad is neither static nor delicate crusing. finally, the rigorous paintings of psychoanalysis will provide a fraught chance to paintings throughout the most annoying components of a patient's internal lifestyles as expressed and skilled through the analyst - certainly, a disturbance within the box. How most sensible to continue while such tough but altogether universal healing occasions come up, and what facets of transference/countertransference will be explored within the provider of endured, efficient analysis?
These are of the questions that Steven Cooper explores during this far-ranging choice of essays on probably thorny components of the craft. His essays try and find probably the most ineffable kinds of occasions for the analyst to soak up with sufferers, corresponding to the underlying grandiosity of self-criticism; the issues of an excessive amount of congruence among what sufferers fantasize approximately and analysts desire to supply; and the significance of studying opposed and competitive elements of erotic transference. He additionally attempts to show inside-out the complexity of opposed transference and countertransference phenomena to determine extra approximately what our sufferers are searhing for and repudiating. eventually, Cooper increases questions about a few of our traditional definitions of what constitutes the psychoanalytic procedure. Provocatively, he is taking up the analyst's countertransference to the psychoanalytic process itself, together with his accountability and assets of gratification within the paintings. it truly is immediately a deeply medical e-book and one who takes a post-tribal method of psychoanalytic idea - relational, modern Kleinian, and modern Freudian analysts alike will locate a lot to contemplate and debate here.
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Extra info for A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement
As we examined this, we talked about his parents’ sexuality as the proof of Leonard’s specificity, of his humanness. His discomfort with the idea of his parents creating him went far beyond the familiar discomfort of thinking about one’s parents’ sex life. Instead, it put Leonard increasingly in touch with his location in his family and the concrete realization that their sexual liaison was instrumental in making someone named Leonard â•…â•… . , his friend with the guidebook). He agreed that humiliation involved projections of some of his own fears about how he might be regarded.
At these moments, the analyst’s attention moves into a greater awareness of how the patient’s self-absorption makes him or her the center of a story that sometimes does not include others. Sometimes, these shifts are also related to ways in which the analyst is rendered secondary to the patient’s relationship with his self-loathing and his self-absorption. The patient is in a sense the villain of a personal story that is told and retold. The analyst has become well acquainted with the patient’s solipsism and may begin to feel annoyed or excluded.
The reason for teaching our students a variety of theoretical traditions and contributions from a diverse group of analysts is so that their clinical imaginations will be as free as possible to work with their patients. My favorite expression in Freud’s (1920) writing, from The Ego and the Id, is the description of the ego as a frontier creature existing between the internal and external world. I like the notion of thinking about the analyst as a frontier creature also since he lives in the patient’s and the analyst’s sense of reality, moving back and forth as the analyst helps the patient to dismantle and reconfigure parts of his psychic world.