A Mind of One's Own: A Kleinian View of Self and Object (New by Robert A. Caper

By Robert A. Caper

This number of papers, written over the past six years via Robert Caper, specializes in the significance of distinguishing self from item in mental development.

Robert Caper demonstrates the significance this mental disentanglement performs within the healing impact of psychoanalysis.

In doing so he demonstrates what differentiates the perform of psychoanalysis from psychotherapy; whereas psychotherapy goals to ease the sufferer in the direction of "good psychological health and wellbeing" via cautious advice; psychoanalysis permits the sufferer to find him/herself, with the self thoroughly unusual from other folks and different objects.

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Part of the price that the patient pays for suggestion is therefore an exacerbation of his transference neurosis, and of its twin, the spontaneous neurosis that the healthy part of the patient hoped to find help with when he entered treatment. 18 3 Does psychoanalysis heal? 1 Introduction In his ‘Recommendations to physicians practising psycho-analysis’ Freud (1912) admonished psychoanalysts to ‘model themselves during psychoanalytic treatment on…a surgeon of earlier times [who] took as his motto the words: “Je le pansai, Dieu le guérit”’ (p.

This commits the therapist to a pretense which is not provisional, not a tactic that is part of an overall strategy of establishing the truth eventually, but is an essential part of the treatment. The strain of maintaining such a treatment may not be too great with a few patients or with patients who are not very disturbed. But it can be very great with large number of patients or with seriously disturbed ones, and its price is measured in terms of a certain amount of violence the therapist must do to his own sense of truth and of doing something real.

But the patient’s recovery, Freud reminds us, depends ou the interplay of forces in the patient’s unconscious, which are, ultimately and in the final analysis, beyond the reach of the analyst. The limits that ‘dressing the wound’ rather than healing it places on the analyst gives an additional meaning to the term psychoanalytic containment: to contain the patient analytically, the analyst must first contain his anxieties about his own destructive impulses, and his omnipotent beliefs about analysis that serve as a defense against them.

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