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By Antonino Ferro

Within the Bi-Personal box Antonino Ferro units out his new conceptual method for research, contemplating not just the internal international of the sufferer however the persisted interplay of that global with the internal global of the analyst. The ebook takes a clean examine the most facets of conception and approach in psychoanalysis within the gentle of Kleinian advancements. It displays the drastic adjustments end result of the deliberating Bion. Illustrated with a variety of distinctive scientific examples, the writer claims that the fundamental concentration of the analytic dating is the unsleeping and subconscious interpersonal/ intersubjective techniques occurring among the analyst and sufferer.

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Interpretations, then, can sometimes serve as a defence against the expansion of the mind, to allow us to avoid recognizing our own more animal, primitive parts, our ‘monsters’, our rejected parts (Neri et al. 1989). Such parts may emerge precisely in the meeting and in the exchange of projective identifications with the patient, as a precondition for the emotional field to take shape and for affects to become communicable. Several months later, Carlo draws a picture (using the same colours) in which there appears a 7-year-old boy who, like a Russian doll, contains another 43 The Bi-Personal Field small boy of a year and a half who is about to have a birthday and who is growing where the black spot was.

Occasionally it will be the bow of a landing craft or a control panel that almost secretively takes the form of a boy seeking to emerge, to give himself structure, to gain recognition in the midst of Massimo’s autisticmechanized figures. 14). He is still disjointed, in desperate need of his foster father, and he seems capable of expressing pain by means of the ‘big spike in his heart’, as Massimo puts it, as he draws a spiked paper fastener pointing towards the heart at the right of the picture.

On the other hand these approaches are also influenced by Bion’s recognition of the patient’s ability to draw attention to the analyst’s own mental functioning. Thus conceived, the drawing makes reference to the actual ways in which the analytic couple functions mentally in the here and now, to the dynamics of the bi-personal situation, and to the emotional forces of the field belonging to both members of the couple. The drawing is no longer considered only to be a reflection of the phantasies about the transference, but rather to be an authentic dream-like photograph of the mental functioning of the couple at a given moment, although taken from a particular and often as yet unknown perspective which we must share if we are to reach the patient on his own ground (Ferro 1994).

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