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The Psychoanalytic Technique and Theory
Author: Judith L. Mitrani

ISBN: 9781782201625
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 10 September 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 1.8
Description:
This volume consists of a series of essays, initially inspired over thirty years ago by Freud's paper on Gradiva - "she who steps along." The bas relief on the cover of this book hangs in my consulting room today, as it had in Freud's own, perhaps as a reminder of what we do. In Jensen's story of Gradiva, a young archaeologist, Norbert Hanold, suffers from delusions and is able to unravel the mysteries of his emotional life and mind with the aid of a woman who does not challenge these delusions, but rather 'steps along' with Hanold, gradually helping him to disentangle truth from fantasy through what Freud called "cure by love". Gradiva, originally felt to be the source of Hanold's malady, eventually becomes the agent of its resolution and of his return to health. What I made of this extraordinary tale formed the basis for my concept of 'taking the transference.' Through clinical vignettes, various aspects of psychoanalytic technique -- useful from the first encounter between patient and analyst and throughout the process of the development of mind to termination -- are illustrated in detail. These chapters are rooted in, explic...

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