Presenter: Richard Gottlieb, MD
Discussant: Harold Blum, MD
The psychoanalytic process of reconstruction has yet to be re-examined from the perspective of contemporary two-person formulations. In this presentation, Dr. Gottlieb will argue that doing so is not only theoretically valid but also of clinical utility. While some previous observers have implicated the analyst and his emotional involvement as influences that may distort the valid recovery of memories and others have noted that the transference and the reconstructed past are interdependent, still none have noted that reconstructed scenes and narratives may themselves reflect the transference-countertransference engagement of the dyad. These scenes and stories of the inferred past may be versions of the current analytic relationship. Moreover, at times the reconstructed past may reveal more about the warded-off analytic present than the past. While he will illustrate how Freud’s Wolf-Man case exemplifies this phenomenon, the more important point is not the historical one but the contemporary clinical utility of this additional perspective, one that suggests that all analysts would do well to reflect on their clinical reconstructions and interrogate them for clues to otherwise elusive aspects of the current clinical relationship.
2 CME/CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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