By Steven H. Cooper
The box, as Steven Cooper describes it, is constituted of the inextricably comparable worlds of internalized item kinfolk and interpersonal interplay. in addition, the analytic dyad is neither static nor tender crusing. finally, the rigorous paintings of psychoanalysis will provide a fraught chance to paintings throughout the most annoying components of a patient's internal existence as expressed and skilled through the analyst - certainly, a disturbance within the box. How top to continue whilst such difficult but altogether universal healing events come up, and what facets of transference/countertransference may be explored within the provider of endured, effective analysis?
These are of the questions that Steven Cooper explores during this far-ranging number of essays on in all probability thorny components of the craft. His essays attempt to find the most ineffable forms of events for the analyst to take in with sufferers, corresponding to the underlying grandiosity of self-criticism; the issues of an excessive amount of congruence among what sufferers fantasize approximately and analysts desire to supply; and the significance of examining adversarial and competitive features of erotic transference. He additionally attempts to show inside-out the complexity of antagonistic transference and countertransference phenomena to determine extra approximately what our sufferers are trying to find and repudiating. eventually, Cooper increases questions on a few of our traditional definitions of what constitutes the psychoanalytic procedure. Provocatively, he's taking up the analyst's countertransference to the psychoanalytic process itself, together with his accountability and assets of gratification within the paintings. it's right now a deeply scientific booklet and one who takes a post-tribal method of psychoanalytic thought - relational, modern Kleinian, and modern Freudian analysts alike will locate a lot to consider and debate here.
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Additional resources for A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement
I began to experience James’s self-criticism as a way of rejecting praise and appreciation from those around him because he did not want to stoop so low. His self-criticism began to feel like a kind of active repudiation of our admiration or appreciation of him. James began letting me know in various ways that his expectations for analysis were very low. We were both somewhat surprised and intrigued to discover that, for James, in many ways his analysis was for my benefit, something that he provided for my enjoyment and livelihood.
As he became better known, his travels became more frequent, and he had developed two romantic liaisons with women in other cities. Leonard had married in his late 30s and had divorced after 3 years. He felt that he was never connected to his 10-year-younger wife despite his admiration of her. She wanted to have children, a prospect that terrified him despite his promises during their engagement that he also would want to have a family. Leonard began to feel more and more despondent about a lack of connection to other people.
P. 605) The grandiosity of self-loathingâ•… 33 Kris elaborated how unconscious self-criticism can be recognized by its consequences: painful affects and states of deprivation. The deprivation may be as small as an interruption of the patient’s freedom of associations in the analytic session when they prove too satisfying, or it may be a form of depriving pleasure outside analysis. Often, patients with punitive unconscious self-critical attitudes tend to attribute the analyst with forms of criticism toward the patient.
A Disturbance in the Field: Essays in Transference-Countertransference Engagement by Steven H. Cooper