Transference, Countertransference and Enactment Today
|13th December 2013 - 15th December 2013|
Cruciform Building, University College London (click here for map)
The UCL Psychoanalysis Unit’s 2013 December conference will focus on Transference, Countertransference and Enactment. It will be the second in our series of on-going meetings to explore core psychoanalytic ideas and how they are used today.
In psychoanalysis two people walk into a room, and one then sits in a chair while the other lies on a couch. They are likely to talk and feel and both come with a theory of what they are doing there. What is our theory of the underlying process generating what goes on?
Freud is said to have discovered this, painfully, when he was treating Dora. She had a dream which, he said “Confirms once more what I had already told you before you dreamt it – that you are summoning up your old love for your father in order to protect yourself against your love for Herr K. But what do all these efforts show? Not only that you are afraid of Herr K. but you are still more afraid of yourself, and of the temptation you feel to yield to him. In short, these efforts prove once more how deeply you loved him…” Freud then added “Moreover, the re-appearance of the dream in the last few days forces me to the conclusion that you consider that the same situation has arisen once again, and that you have decided to give up the treatment – to which, after all, it is only your father who can make you come.” And then “The sequel showed how correct my guess had been…Taking into consideration, finally, the indications which seemed to point to there having been a transference on to me – since I am a smoker too – I came to the conclusion that the idea had probably occurred to her one day during a session that she would like to have a kiss from me. This would have been the exciting cause which led her to repeat the warning dream and to form her intention of stopping the treatment.”
Here Freud began to realise that what was happening between him and his patient was not just an effort to help her understand her situation outside the room. As he was to learn at his cost when she left before he could help her understand, it was in his view of her mind, happening between them.
From this beginning, how did Freud develop his idea of transference and countertransference, and how did he understand and use it in practice? And how have subsequent analysts developed theories of transference, countertransference and enactment to explain what is said and felt between the two people in the analytic consulting room?
These and other questions will be addressed with clinical examples by Ron Britton, Caroline Polmear and Michael Diercks as well as by others who submit papers in the coming months. David Tuckett will take a large-group clinical seminar to explore the territory early on Friday afternoon, and there will be small group clinical seminars in the early evening.
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