By Juan Tubert-Oklander
This booklet makes an unique contribution to the examine of the psychoanalytic method from a relational viewpoint, and while serves as a textbook at the conception of procedure. It presents a normal exposition of the speculation of psychoanalytic perform from a procedure point of view that emphasizes the analytic courting, the dyadic nature of the psychoanalytic state of affairs, and the influence of unconscious interplay among its events, and in addition contains the authors own viewpoint and contributions at the subject. Read more...
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The distinction between the two attitudes would be meaningless if we already possessed all the knowledge (or at least the THE ANALYTIC ATTITUDE 31 essential knowledge) about the psychology of the unconscious and about the structure of the neuroses that we can obtain from psycho-analytic work. At present we are still far from that goal and we ought not to cut ourselves off from the possibility of testing what we have already learnt and of extending our knowledge further. (pp. 114–115, my italics) I have emphasised two fragments of this quotation, because they clearly depict Freud’s contradictions.
Therefore, a valid technical recommendation (“look before you leap”) becomes an ideological statement in two different, but complementary ways. In the first place, a measure that is useful in some 34 THEORY OF PSYCHOANALYTICAL PRACTICE clinical situations is generalised as an absolute value in every conceivable circumstance, thus depriving it of its usefulness. In the second, not only has one of the polar qualities of this axis been taken as “good” and the other as “bad”, but there is also an a priori attribution of the “good” trait to the analyst and the “bad” one to the patient.
This is a consequence of his emphasis on verbal thought and expression. Words are the only part of the analytic interaction that lends itself easily to objectification, and this was bound to appeal to his scientific aspirations. But this leaves out many experiences that are surely significant to our understanding of the analytic process, such THE PSYCHOANALYTIC SITUATION 17 as emotions, impulses, yearnings, bodily feelings, sensory perceptions, mental images, or vague and ineffable sensations. I am not saying that Freud would not have taken them into account, had they emerged during a session, but that his inclination was heavily bent towards verbal material, and that this he conveyed to the patient in his wording of the basic rule.
Theory of psychoanalytical practice : a relational process approach by Juan Tubert-Oklander