When we dream, Freud (1900) maintained, we slip backwards from a world of conscious action to an unconscious realm of infantile memory and desire. The residues of our waking life meet there with repressed primitive wishes capable of animating a dream. The idea of regression, with all of its intrigue, would shape a century of theory building. It would also become one of the thorniest, if recently neglected, areas of inquiry. The history of the concept attests to two interwoven but distinct traditions. One tradition emphasizes the defensive, or evasive, function of regression. The other calls attention to potential non-defensive, restorative functions. Both traditions rely problematically on what Hartmann (1965) termed the genetic fallacy: the reduction of later forms to their original precursors. The genetic fallacy, in turn, supports a morality of maturity whereby unwanted aspects of human experience, which we recognize to be universal, are nonetheless attributed uniquely to children or to images of the child within. I shall argue, contrary to the theory of regression, that the person is inextricably nested in the present field of lifespan development. What were formerly considered regressions are better described as shifts, or transformations, within the field. The pathologies of regression are best seen, not as the result of regressive arrest/fixation, but as adaptations to cyclical lifespan problems. I articulate the theoretical propositions behind this reframe and explore its application in two case histories, one of a defensive regression, one of restorative regression, in the recent literature.
Is the clinical fee a difficult issue for therapists and if so, what are the conscious and unconscious dynamics that make it difficult?Keane, Barry January 2018 (has links)
A lot has been written about money but little about the clinical fee and even less about the analyst’s relationship with this important aspect of the therapeutic dyad. This project researched psychoanalytic psychotherapists' and psychoanalysts' thoughts and feelings about the clinical fee. By beginning with Freud, this thesis explores how, historically, aspects of money have been discussed, and illustrates from both historical and current perspectives that little attention has been paid to it. Looking at how money is contextualized within psychoanalytic discourse may shed some light on why the clinical fee can be an arena that is fraught with anxieties, avoided by analysts and analytic institutions. This thesis explores the reasons why this area has been little researched, which may be because the clinical fee is associated with primitive thoughts and feelings regarding money and consequently avoided, leading to an absence of open and transparent discussions on this significant aspect of the therapeutic frame. This thesis discusses how these primitive roots of our relationship with money may lead to avoidance of discussion concerning the clinical fee, and explores some conflicts that underpin this avoidance. This thesis looks at the analytical fee from the point of view of the analyst and analytic training organizations. More often than not, when any attention has been paid to the clinical fee, fee-related issues have been left with the patient. This thesis raises two questions and two hypotheses which are addressed: 1. Is the clinical fee a difficult issue for therapists? 2. If so, what are the conscious and unconscious psychodynamics that make it difficult? Twelve therapists who are psychoanalytically trained and/or psychoanalysts, kindly agreed to take part in this project, and were interviewed for this investigation.
Is there a connection between object relations (as described by Klein), problems with sexual intimacy and obsessive compulsive disorder?Mears, Beverley January 2018 (has links)
The purpose of this mixed method study carried out in an NHS mental health setting was to elucidate the connection between what was presented in the consulting room as OCD and how it is used to mask early object relations failure, which re-surfaces in adulthood as difficulties within the arena of sexual intimacy. The literature review identified the theoretical and empirical evidence for this hypothesis and highlighted gaps in the current understanding within psychoanalytic thought and object relations perspectives. The theoretical concepts used to understand the clinical data was based on Melanie Klein’s Object Relations Theory. The textual analysis of structured interviews identified levels of obsessive compulsive symptoms and sexual perception categorized as sexual esteem, sexual depression and sexual pre-occupation. Qualitative data was collected from a single case study and provided contextual information including unconscious material. The results of the quantitative study provided evidence for the intensity of OCD and identified negative sexual esteem and negative preoccupation as the dominant features within the sample; whilst the single case-study found evidence that OCD rituals and ruminations were used to mask disruptions in object relations which were noticed in anxious sexual relations. The conclusions of the study offer an important consideration for the treatment of OCD in an NHS setting. It adds to the psychoanalytic theory of obsessional neurosis in relation to the unconscious actions involved during sexual relations. Recommendations for further research include additional quantitative research with a larger sample and analysis of additional single case studies to provide additional evidence of the concept. Key Words: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Object, Object relations, Object Relationships, Projection, Sexual Intimacy, Symbol Formation.
Blake, Kathryn M.,
Thesis (M.A.)--Rutgers University, 2009. / "Graduate Program in Women's and Gender Studies." Includes bibliographical references (p. 91-95).
Schmeiser, Susan Rebecca.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Brown University, 2002. / Available in film copy from University Microfilms International. Vita. Thesis advisor: Ellen Rooney. Includes bibliographical references. Also available online.
Zeddies, Timothy James,
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 2000. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 297-317). Available also in a digital version from Dissertation Abstracts.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991. / Vita. Abstract. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 112-126). Also available via the Internet.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--York University, 2008. Graduate Programme in Education. / Typescript. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 179-195). Also available on the Internet. MODE OF ACCESS via web browser by entering the following URL: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pqdiss&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:NR39037
Rabinowitz-Symon, Lynn Ruth
14 April 2014
M.A. (Clinical Psychology) / Please refer to full text to view abstract
Van Meter, Larry Allan
17 February 2005
The Officer Fetish examines the fetishized American military officer and the marginalized American enlisted man as they appear in post-World War II American film, television, and literature. The fetishized officer, whose cathexis is most prominent in the World War II-era propaganda film, has persisted as a convention since the wara phenomenon that has contributed to the rise of militarism in America. Chapter II lays the foundation of Marxist and Freudian definitions of fetishism and fetishization, and then gauges those definitions with two films, In Which We Serve (1942), a standard World War II propaganda film, and Saving Private Ryan (1997), a film that postures itself as anti-war. Chapter III examines war narratives as a medium that polices class in American culture. The military, with its anti-democratic two-tiered rank system, is attractive to many novels and films because of its strict class boundaries. Chapter IV examines the degree to which so-called anti-war narratives contribute to Americas rising economy of militarism.
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