By Brent Willock
Finalist for the 2007 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship! This really useful and insightful new textual content explores the rising box of comparative-integrative psychoanalysis. It presents a useful framework for impending the at the moment fractious country of the psychoanalytic self-discipline, divided because it is into different faculties of notion, proposing many conceptual demanding situations. relocating past the standard borders of psychoanalysis, Willock usefully attracts on insights from neighboring disciplines to shed extra gentle at the center factor. Comparative-Integrative Psychoanalysis is split into sections for organizational readability. half I is an interesting research into the character of notion and its intrinsic difficulties. It convincingly builds a case for the necessity, after a century of disciplinary improvement, to maneuver past delineated colleges, and proposes a style for attaining this target. The succeeding part elaborates this desideratum intimately, exploring its implications with admire to thought, businesses, perform, and pedagogy. This moment element of the amount is so much appropriate to daily matters with enhancing paintings within the box, be it within the consulting room, lecture room, or in and among a number of psychoanalytic agencies.
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Although Kohut noted that the “camera is, of course, a symbol of the eye—of being looked at, of looking” (p. 121), he did not mention that this device can also symbolize a fascinating, phallic apparatus. Its protruding lens may be conveniently stimulated to stick out even further simply by fingering the right button in the appropriate manner. This intriguing, corporeal extension is ever ready to rise to the occasion, pointing toward others who arouse interest. It can, therefore, stand not only for the eye but also, as the vernacular would have it, the one-eyed trouser snake (the pet name bestowed by some phallic aficionados on their favorite character in the oedipal drama).
The analysand lay intimately with his friend, whereas the older generation (analyst) was cast into the role of observer—a classic oedipal reversal. Flashing a camera now seems tame compared to springing this epiphany on his analyst. The patient’s overload of jealousy, excitement, exclusion, and homosexual anxiety appear to have been projected into the old man (analyst/father). Burdened by these highly charged evacuations, the elderly gentleman could scarcely contain the stimulation. His heart succumbed.
Indb 32 5/16/07 7:07:27 AM Revelations From a Triptych of Dreams 33 The magnitude of discrepancy in perception and formulation between Kohut and myself is, in this instance, highly significant. This substantial variance brings one face-to-face with the core problem in clinical inference—reliability—the question of whether two or more independent investigators can make the same judgment as to what is (and is not) present in a sample of data (Bolgar, 1965). Dramatic divergence between qualified observers raises disturbing questions pertaining to the nature, soundness, and scientific integrity of the psychoanalytic enterprise.