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The couch as defense and as potential for enactment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7753943     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Use of the couch in psychoanalysis is almost universal because of its many advantages. This paper focuses on situations in which the use of the couch is not beneficial, involving problems of the patient or of the analyst. Interferences with the usefulness of the couch are illustrated by means of vignettes from the analysis of four patients which demonstrate the isolating potential of the couch and the reasons why this may make the couch appeal to some patients and repel others. The distancing potential of the couch may sometimes appeal to analysts, particularly when the face-to-face arrangement is troublesome. The use of the couch for the enactment of conflict is discussed, as are analytic attitudes toward the use or non-use of the couch.
M Goldberger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychoanalytic quarterly     Volume:  64     ISSN:  0033-2828     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoanal Q     Publication Date:  1995 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-06-21     Completed Date:  1995-06-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226661     Medline TA:  Psychoanal Q     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  23-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Conflict (Psychology)
Defense Mechanisms
Interior Design and Furnishings*
Physician-Patient Relations*
Physicians' Offices*
Psychoanalytic Interpretation
Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Social Isolation

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