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'Listening to listening'.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8876328     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The author links the function of analytic listening to Freud's concept of Nachträglichkeit, which she defines as the retroactive assignment of meaning rather than mere deferred action, and derives the notion of 'listening to listening' from their combination. A dialectical conception of time is proposed, with interpretation involving three logical phases, respectively incumbent on the analyst, on the patient and on both. Two clinical examples are given, showing how the patient speaks and listens from a position dictated by his unconscious identifications, which also cause him to reinterpret the analyst's interpretations and his silences. By listening to the patient's reassignment of meaning to his interpretations, the analyst can discover the patient's unconscious identifications and, together with the patient, thereby facilitate the process of psychic change. The author contends that by the function of 'listening to listening' it is possible to overcome the dilemma of whether the analyst with his interpretation or the patient with his own reinterpretation of it is right.
H Faimberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  77 ( Pt 4)     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-04     Completed Date:  1997-02-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  667-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Communication Barriers*
Neurotic Disorders / therapy*
Psychoanalytic Interpretation*
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*

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