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The analytic introject and ego development.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  738835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A discussion of "Introjection and the Idealizing Transference" by Theodore L. Dorpat, M.D. Ego defects during analysis can be converted into defensive adaptations and then become legitimate analytic material. Two clinical vignettes of patients suffering from an inability to maintain mental representations without reinforcement from external percepts are presented. These patients suffered from an inability to internalize experiences with the outer world and external objects. The resulting ego impoverishment was experienced as tormenting feelings of inadequacy and helpless vulnerability. In treatment, these feelings caused the analyst to feel the same hopelessness the patient did. The analyst, once he regained the analytic composure to view all of the patient's productions in terms of their transference potential and adaptive significance, became a synthesizing force. His presence, in essence, held the patient together. The patient gradually was enable to internalize the analyst as a unifying modality and form an analytic introject. The formation of analytic introject is the outcome of specific clinical interactions. The author discusses the interplay of counter-transference frustration and structuralizing interpretations, even what might be considered wrong interpretations, and stresses the various factors during treatment involved in the acquisition of psychic structure in a particular clinical context.
Authors:
P L Giovacchini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of psychoanalytic psychotherapy     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0091-0600     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal Psychother     Publication Date:    1978-1979
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-04-25     Completed Date:  1979-04-25     Revised Date:  2006-07-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364543     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal Psychother     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-86     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude of Health Personnel
Countertransference (Psychology)
Ego*
Female
Humans
Male
Object Attachment
Personality Disorders / therapy
Professional-Patient Relations*
Projection
Psychoanalytic Therapy*
Psychosexual Development
Self Concept
Transference (Psychology)*

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