By M. Robert Gardner
In Hidden Questions, scientific Musings, M. Robert Gardner chronicles an odyssey of self-discovery that has taken him underneath and past the categoies and conventions of conventional psychoanalysis. His essays provide a imaginative and prescient of psychoanalytic inquiry that blends artwork and technology, a imaginative and prescient within which the subtly intertwining not-quite-conscious questions of analysand and analyst, progressively discerned, open to ever-widening vistas of shared meaning. Gardner is splendidly illuminating in exploring the institutions, photographs, and goals that experience fueled his personal analytic inquiries, yet he's no much less compelling in writing concerning the varied perceptual modalities and eternally variegated concepts that may be summoned to convey hidden inquiries to light.
This masterfully assembled assortment exemplifies the lived adventure of psychoanalysis of 1 of its such a lot proficient and reflective practitioners. In his brilliant depictions of research oscillating among the poles of paintings and technological know-how, notice and photograph, inquiry and self-inquiry, Gardner deals important insights into tensions which are easy to the analytic endeavor. Evincing infrequent virtuosity of shape and content material, those essays are evocative scientific gemstones, radiating the humility, mild skepticism, and abiding ask yourself of this lifelong self-inquirer. Gardner's so much unusual musings are a gift to the reader.
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But the patient does not go back to sleep. " But the work goes on. And on. And through it all, the analyst sees more about himself and, in the seeing, more about his patient; and seeing more about his patient, he sees more about himself. And on. And on. How, then, shall we regard all this? Have we simply been devoting our attention to an analyst in trouble with a troublesome patient? Perhaps. But what analyst in what analysis is not in trouble? And what patient is not troublesome? ) Lacking a more complete and satisfactory view, let me put it like this: It seems that whatever our theoretical models and methods, whatever our analyzing ideals, whatever their, and our, virtues and defects, we all depart often, in our actual work, from our models, our average methods, and our ideal of relatively nonintrusive exploration (or whatever other ideal we may care to define).
To which my friend replied, "Yes. " I realize he was trying to be kind. I also realize that no matter how hard I tried I could not write Charlotte's Web. Still, I have clung to the fragment of truth in what my friend said. Though I did not realize it when I wrote my discussion of Spruiell's paper, I have since found that in writing an essay or in composing a talk about most of what I want most to write or talk about, my thoughts seem, as they did in that paper, to come most freely, and I believe usually most usefully, when they come in the form of many shifts, sometimes abrupt, back and forth between the more linear and the less.
35 analyst during analytic hours, I found myself trying to observe what happens to an analyst after the hours. I noticed in particular that while my patient and I were parting, and for ten seconds or so after, I seemed to remain in a state of floating attention rather like the one I hope to be in during the hour. I remain in that state, that is, if I do not disrupt it by turning too quickly to "practical" matters. In those few seconds after the hour, and occasionally for considerably longer, in a curious way that I cannot sufficiently explain, nor even sufficiently describe, I feel myself still to be "in touch" with my patient.