By Steven H. Cooper
The box, as Steven Cooper describes it, is created from the inextricably comparable worlds of internalized item kinfolk and interpersonal interplay. moreover, the analytic dyad is neither static nor tender crusing. ultimately, the rigorous paintings of psychoanalysis will supply a fraught chance to paintings throughout the most annoying parts of a patient's internal lifestyles as expressed and skilled by means of the analyst - certainly, a disturbance within the box. How most sensible to continue whilst such difficult but altogether universal healing occasions come up, and what points of transference/countertransference could be explored within the provider of persevered, efficient analysis?
These are of the questions that Steven Cooper explores during this far-ranging selection of essays on possibly thorny components of the craft. His essays try and find the most ineffable kinds of occasions for the analyst to take in with sufferers, comparable 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 examining adversarial and competitive features 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 trying to find and repudiating. eventually, Cooper increases questions about a few of our traditional definitions of what constitutes the psychoanalytic method. Provocatively, he's taking up the analyst's countertransference to the psychoanalytic approach itself, together with his accountability and assets of gratification within the paintings. it really is right now a deeply medical e-book and person who takes a post-tribal method of psychoanalytic concept - relational, modern Kleinian, and modern Freudian analysts alike will locate a lot to contemplate and debate here.
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Extra resources for A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement
I was aware that James had limits on how much affection he could experience coming his way from his wife, his partner, or me. At home, when he felt that he and his wife were getting closer after a good weekend, he would often unconsciously end the weekend by doing things that annoyed her. For example, he would forget to mention to her something about an evening meeting for the upcoming week when it would have been just as easy to let her know in advance. Or, sometimes after a good weekend, he would suddenly withdraw, leaving her confused and occasionally angry.
Dostoyevsky The Brothers Karamazov (1880) I am born into vileness. I am evil because I am human. Iago Verdi’s Otello (1887) Villains are the heroes of their own stories. Christopher Vogler The Writer’s Journey (1992) We are all worms though I am a glow-worm among worms. ” The joke plays on the hubris of humility and is a part of the joke that humans play on themselves and others in everyday life and in our unconscious minds. The particular problem of self-criticism when it is related to unconscious grandiosity interests me partly because it can only be deeply understood through aspects of transference-countertransference engagement.
Often, the analyst is clued in to these unconscious forms of grandiosity through a shift in his or her countertransference reactions to the patient. A feeling of compassion for the patient turns to a sense of futility about being able to help or annoyance with the patient for wanting so much. Sometimes, the analyst may also experience a feeling of being degraded by the mounting awareness of the patient’s unconscious superiority. Naturally, in analyzing grandiose parts of patients who vigorously hate themselves, the analyst needs to consider whether his reactions to the patient derive from impatience, envy, or helplessness in the face of the patient’s limitations in making use of what the analyst has to offer.
A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement by Steven H. Cooper