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The Body Speaks
Author: David Rosenfeld

ISBN: 9781782201694
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 15 September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 1.0
Description:
In this book David Rosenfeld explores the work of a psychoanalyst with severely disturbed patients. His intention is to show what it means to work and think as a psychoanalyst about transference and the internal world of a psychotic patient, with all the difficulties involved in continuing to treat and engage with even severely ill patients. As Rosenfeld suggests, to be a psychoanalyst is to think about transference, the patient's internal world and projective identifications onto the therapist and onto persons in the external world.

In particular, the author examines patients who express their mental state through fantasies about their body image. For example, the fantasy of an emptying of the self is discussed through the case of the patient Pierre, who asserts that he has no more blood or liquids in his body. Similarly, the fantasies of a young man who says that bats are flying out of his cheeks incarnate the anxiety of his first months of life expressed through his body. Indeed, Rosenfeld's particular focus is on the importance of the first months and years in the life of these patients. For the treatment of severely disturbed patients he maintains th...

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