By Duncan Cartwright
Wilfred Bion’s insights into the analytic method have had a profound impression on how psychoanalysts and psychotherapists comprehend emotional switch and pathological psychological states. one among his such a lot influential principles issues the concept that we want the minds of others to enhance our personal emotional and cognitive capacities. In Containing States of brain Duncan Cartwright explores and develops a few of the implications that Bion’s box version has on medical perform. He argues that the analyst or therapist most sensible fulfils a containing functionality by means of negotiating irreconcilable inner tensions among his function as ‘dream item’ and ‘proper object’. The box version can be used to demonstrate diversified ‘modes of interplay’ within the analytic box, the character of specific pathological states and a few of the main dilemmas confronted in trying to make insufferable psychological states extra bearable. in addition to addressing key theoretical difficulties, Containing States of brain is a scientific textual content that renders advanced principles available and helpful for psychotherapeutic and analytic perform and as such should be crucial studying for all these thinking about the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
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What actually happens? How are projections given back? What is transformed in this process and how? It seems as though much of the very schematic language used in analytic texts has led to a great deal of confusion regarding how these ideas are translated into technique. exempt of such confusions. Nevertheless, his ideas on the analyst's containing mind, as being closely linked to reverie and negative capability, suggest, a state of mind that attempts to experience each session anew. It is a state of mind that attempts to apprehend experience that is felt at the edges of consciousness but cannot yet be understood, fully experienced, or held in mind.
During the late 1940s and 1950s the tide of how countertransference should be used in clinical practice began to change perhaps most significantly due to Winnicott's (1949) paper on 'Hate in the counter-transference' and Heimann's (1950) 'On counter-transference'. Both, in different ways, take up the idea that the countertransference is more than a problematic obstacle and can act as a rich source of information about the patient. In Heimann's words: My thesis is that the analyst's emotional response to his patient within the analytic situation represents one of the most important tools of his work.
The third aspect of this process occurs when 'hard-wired' capacities for empathic attunement activate similar phantasies in the receiving object. Recently, Grotstein (2005) has put forward the concept projective- transidentification to help clarify the subtle non-conscious aspects of this process: In projective transidentification, the analyst, upon experiencing the evocative or provocative induction (sensory, ultra-sensory, or even extrasensory) stimulus from the analysand, summons within himself those corresponding symmetrical phantasies that match the analysand's experience.