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Tradition and originality in the transference: a Coleridgean commentary.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19531125     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Some of S.T. Coleridge's observations about 'the mind's self-experience of itself' and the nature of faith and trust are discussed in relation to the implicit tensions between 'tradition' (formal structure, received wisdom) and 'originality' (creativity, individuation), especially in the transference. The existential doubts of some analysands may undermine their confidence that their integrity will be fostered by the analytic relationship: so instead the trappings of 'tradition' (e.g. in the case of a trainee the assumption of a professionally endorsed status) may be appropriated as a spurious substitute for 'originality'. It is argued that an anticipatory 'faith', albeit initially rather cerebral, may be necessary to sustain the analytic endeavour until a more intimate, heartfelt 'trust' can release the potential for individuation. Further consideration is given to the 'analytic attitude' that might best facilitate this process, and to how sensitivity to these dynamics may inform one's reading of the transference.
Authors:
William Meredith-Owen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of analytical psychology     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1468-5922     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anal Psychol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-17     Completed Date:  2009-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376573     Medline TA:  J Anal Psychol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  359-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Creativeness*
History, 18th Century
Humans
Individuation*
Models, Psychological
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Psychoanalytic Therapy*
Self Concept
Transference (Psychology)*
Trust
Unconscious (Psychology)
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Samuel Coleridge

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