By Marilyn Charles
One of many demanding situations in psychoanalytic paintings is to discover how you can liven up the gap while operating with participants whose considering is extremely restricted and who've little skill for play. This incapability usually indications a break up among valued and devalued features of self. In situations equivalent to those, self-protection turns into paramount and should profoundly abate development, as no matter what isn't really identified is perceived as harmful, instead of being a problem that invitations additional improvement. For the therapist who needs to create aliveness in the consulting room, we're stuck by way of the very actual danger that this aliveness poses to the protecting buildings on which the patient’s equilibrium rests. circulation therefore could be very precarious. during this quantity, Marilyn Charles considers how notions of "play" and "myth", as introduced into the literature through Winnicott and Bion, can assist to supply an period in-between house during which very unlikely realities might be built at a secure adequate reserve that we will extra actively think about them and thereby create percentages, instead of foreclosing on them.
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At times, this opportunity occurs when we are presented with moments in which we might be able to de-construct the collapsed reality. These moments are often occasioned by enactments that lead to confrontations with the extant reality. We are all adept at our own preferred ways of avoiding that confrontation. Aron often interposed his own narrative over my words overtly, whereas Grace, largely silently, re-interpreted most of my words through her own critical censors. With Aron, I can only continue to interpret his ambivalence over being known that keeps him destroying our relationship, even as he continues to come in ostensibly seeking one.
Matte-Blanco’s (1975) attempts towards describing rules for relationships when traditional logic does not prevail would seem to have broad ramifications for understanding primitive object relations and elements of material heavily saturated by primary process, which may come to us, for example, in pieces of dreams, through enactments, or in free associations. This is the realm of externalization and projective identification, in which we are uncertain as to the source of a thought or feeling, and it becomes more important to experience, digest, and integrate the thought than to use more traditional logic to ascertain its origins or more pragmatic meanings.
At another layer underneath, she is also faced with her tremendous hostility that she has turned inward as a means of disavowal. As she faces her own incapacities, she is confronted with a terrible dilemma: If she finds within herself the resources she needs in order to move forward, she must face the possibility that they were there all the time, waiting in the wings. She must face all the waste, the lost time, the willful blindness through which she has turned away from her own needs as well as the needs of those she loves.
Constructing Realities: Transformations Through Myth and Metaphor (Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies 3) by Marilyn Charles