By Stuart A. Pizer
In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer supplies much-needed acceptance to the primary position of negotiation within the analytic courting and within the healing approach. construction on a Winnicottian point of view that comprehends paradox because the situation for retaining an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox calls for an ongoing means of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the inventive strength in the strength area of analysis.
Following cautious evaluate of Winnicott's point of view on paradox-via the pairings of privateness and interrelatedness, isolation and interdependence, ruthlessness and hindrance, and the thought of transitional phenomena-Pizer locates those elemental paradoxes in the negotiations of an analytic method. jointly, he observes, analyst and sufferer negotiate the bounds, potentials, limits, tonalities, resistances, and meanings that ascertain the process their scientific discussion. Elaborating at the subject matter of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer provides a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental fulfillment on the topic of ways that caretakers functionality as "transitional mirrors." He then explores the effect of trauma and dissociation at the kid's skill to barter paradox and clarifies how negotiation of paradox differs from negotiation of conflict. Pizer additionally broadens the scope of his examine via turning to negotiation concept and practices within the disciplines of legislation, international relations, and dispute resolution.
Enlivened by way of various scientific vignettes and a richly exact chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important measurement to theoretical figuring out and scientific perform. it truly is altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.
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Or, more within the idiom of transference, he would say, "I wish you could have told me what to say first. Couldn't you have spelled out what this process would be? " At one point, Donald said, "I know I need a father. And I look to you to Copyrighted Material The N e g o t i a t i o n of Paradox in the Analytic Process • 21 replace him. " I responded with, "No. I can't. We both know I can't. " With this paradox actively on my mind, I thou ht of my work with Donald as potentially a ood treatment to use for clinical illustration in this chapter.
Winnicott (1971a) wrote, "Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playin , that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playin to ether" (p. 38). As we can see, analytic play is not simply leeful; it may be quite solemn and entail the representation of relationships or experiences frau ht with such affects as an er, shame, sadness, hurt, or rejection, as well as satisfaction, kinship, or love. Analytic play, in its ran e from hilarity to hi h seriousness, entails an intersubjective exchan e of "squi les" that mark, or re-mark on, the personal world of the patient and the shared world of analytic space.