Volume V, no. 2 - 2012 (17)

Editorial (Daniela Luca)

Dans son livre La Construction de l’espace psychanalytique, SergeViderman nous a decrit la relation transfert – contre-transfert par unemetaphore eclaircissante sur la part obscure de notre espace psychique:≪Imaginons deux phares tournant en sens inverse et dont les feux secoupent periodiquement. C’est lorsque transfert et contre-transferts’entrecroisent que se situent les moments de la plus grande brillance. Moments ... Read more

1 - Psychoanalysis in the shadow of terror – Dealing with anxiety in a period of crisis (Ilany Kogan)

At a time when war and destruction arepart of everyday life, and our safety isincreasingly threatened, one of thequestions we Israeli analysts ask ourselvesis, what is the place of psychoanalysis insuch a world? Can we in good faithpropose to practice psychoanalysis insituations of great anxiety caused by acrisis, and can we, in the face of the effectof terrorism, hold on to our identities aspsychoanalysts? The relationship be ... Read more

2 - Commentary on «Psychoanalysis in the shadow of terror – Dealing with anxiety in a period of crisis» by Ilany Kogan (Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra)

What role do we give to external reality when we have a patient lying onthe couch? Is it useful at all to even mention external reality in apsychoanalytic setting? Does it belong to an analysis conducted in theclimate described by Ilany?The issue of external reality in relation to internal reality has beencontended from the earliest days. This has happened not only in thespecific field of psychoanalysis, but in all human scien ... Read more

3 - L’espace et le temps du contre-transfert (Brîndusa Orăşanu)

This article is available in French only. The paper starts from the perspective of H. Racker on the countertransference. Thepaper is proposing to make the linksbetween his concepts of analytic functionand subjective experience, with theconcepts of analytic space and analytictime. The author describes a phenomenonof the analysts’ internal space and timedilatation, as well as that of the creation ofa subjective time, as a cons ... Read more

4 - Une approche historique au concept de contre-transfert (Giampaolo Kluzer)

This article is available in French only. In this article, the author tries to illustrate,from a historical point of view, howFreud’s urgent desire to take a distancefrom his initial practice in hypnosis to beable to establish a new psychoanalyticaltheory and practice, more scientific andout of all kind of suggestive influences, hasblocked him to give an adequate value tothe countertransference aspects involved inthe analyst ... Read more

5 - Countertransference: our difficulties in the treatment of substance abuse (Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra)

In this paper, the author is trying toclarify, through different psychoanalyticaltheories (A. Freud, P. Heimann, H. Deutsch, M. Little, C. York, H. Rosenfeldetc.) and also through his own clinicalpractice with addictive patients how theanalytic treatment of these patients doesnot succeed if one insists on a rigidadherence to the classical method. Thismeans that many parameters have to beintroduced in the analysis and that thea ... Read more

6 - The regressive potential of countertransference (Monica Balaşa)

The notion of countertransference hasknown a troubled history within the boundof psychoanalysis and was borrowed, moreor less successfully and more or lessadequately, by multiple psychotherapeuticcurrents, some placed entirely outside thespectrum of psychoanalysis. The authorwill try to approach countertransferencefrom a psychoanalytical perspective, morespecifically the way countertransferenceand regression (both of the patie ... Read more

7 - The first interview and countertransference (Gianina Micu)

It is a certified fact that the therapeuticmeeting psychoanalyst-patient during thepreliminary interview engages theprotagonists in an explicitly convergentintercession, an agreement in theconscious register for a joint effort thataims to cure suffering and ameliorate selfknowledge. This facet of the relationdefines the therapeutic alliance. However,what happens in parallel, in the subsurfaceof the meeting implies, likewise fr ... Read more

8 - Dimensions contre-transférentielles dans la thérapie des conduites addictives (Rodica Matei)

This article is available in French only. The somatic continent is an unknown landfor psychoanalysis and, for this reason, itis avoided. The patient’s expression on thisregister is frequently ignored by thetherapist, even if it refers to the deeper andstructuralized levels of his personality. Considering the psychogenesis of theaddictive behaviors, the pain subjected ofthe body symptoms finds his origin intothe earliest stag ... Read more

9 - PAROLES D’HOMMES de Jacques André (Daniela Luca)

This article is available in French only.

10 - Commentary on «The regressive potential ofcountertransference» by Monica Balaşa (Alfred Dumitrescu)

The paper written by Monica Balasa brought to my mind the imageof the obstacles course of a riding event, a contest in which horse and ridertry to get over the obstacles faultlessly and as quickly as possible. I thinkthis impression is due to the large number of ‘gates’ left half-open by thispaper which, by lack of enough space, invites us to explore those barelytouched issues at leisure, individually or in small groups, o ... Read more

11 - Le fauteuil des idéologies et le divan de la psychanalyse. Essai de (non) connaissance psychanalytique de la confluence entre croyances et convictions (Matei Georgescu)

This article is available in French only. Discussion sur «Le contre-transfert du psychanalyste et la croyance du patient. Séquences cliniques» d’Irena Talaban.

12 - Discussion sur «Le contre-transfert dans la clinique contemporaine. Une séance déplacée» de M. Vincent (Brîndusa Orăsanu)

This article is available in French only.

13 - Commentary on «The rule of abstinence and the countertransference» by Vasile Dem. Zamfirescu (Daniela Irimia)

Mr. Zamfirescu’s work references an important debate, related firstly tocountertransference as a consciously controlled reaction to the patient’stransference, and secondly, to countertransference as a profoundly subconsciousphenomenon, which engages the therapist, but only après-coup, as the French haveit. And here follow a myriad of questions which could give further meaning to thisdiscussion.

14 - La construction de soi dans le regard de l’autre (François Marty)

This article is available in French only. It would be difficult to think that theconstruction of the psychic life could beginonly with the fantasizing activity. Itwould mean to put away the interactionsthat are established since origin betweenthe baby and the outside world, andespecially with the mother. It would meannot to recognize the containing andstructuring value of the face of themother, with the function to reflect the ... Read more

15 - Arbitrariness, Psychoanalytic Identity and Psychoanalytic Research (Joseph Schachter and Horst Kächele)

From the outset, psychoanalysisextensively utilized arbitrary convictionswhich subsequently generated andperpetuated an intolerance of criticism anddissent. Defensiveness about thearbitrariness and the need to protect theprofessional psychoanalytic identityengendered fear of, disinterest in, andcriticism of analytic research whosefindings might threaten unsubstantiatedarbitrary convictions. For these, and othercomplex reasons, ... Read more

16 - Le contre-transfert du psychanalyste et la croyance du patient. Séquences cliniques (Irena Talaban)

This article is available in French only. Psychoanalytical theories definetransference and countertransference asexpressions of unconscious exchangebetween patient and therapist. Thecountertransference is the therapist'sanswer to patient's unconscious requests. Ferenczi and, later, Lacan, change part ofthe meaning of countertransference,shifting the center of gravity from patientto therapist (Lacan even reverses it): thetransf ... Read more

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