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Words that touch.
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PMID:  14754477     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this paper the author examines her own use of language as a psychoanalyst and asks: what is the best way to help analyse and to find the words to express not only what they are thinking but also what they are feeling and experiencing? In common with other psychoanalysts, the author has observed that each of us simultaneously utilises both advanced psychic mechanisms that are accessible to symbolism and more archaic ones, which are less so. However, she draws a distinction between people who are able to tolerate the perception of their own heterogeneity, even if it is sometimes a source of suffering, and those whom she terms 'heterogeneous patients'. Patients in the latter category, whose lack of internal cohesion causes them anxiety, are afraid of losing their sense of identity. The author asks how we can understand their language and how we should speak to them. She uses several clinical examples to demonstrate that 'heterogeneous patients' need to be touched with a language that does not confine itself to imparting thoughts verbally but also conveys feelings and the sensations that accompany those feelings. It is also an 'incarnated' language because the words pronounced by the analyst can awaken, or reawaken, bodily fantasies in the patient. These words may enable him to find an emotional meaning in forgotten sensory or bodily experiences, which may then become a starting point for his work of thinking and of symbolisation.
Danielle Quinodoz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-02     Completed Date:  2004-05-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1469-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Countertransference (Psychology)
Emotions / physiology*
Identification (Psychology)
Mental Disorders / psychology,  therapy*
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Sensation / physiology

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