By Marilyn Charles
One of many demanding situations in psychoanalytic paintings is to discover how you can brighten up the gap whilst operating with participants whose considering is very limited and who've little skill for play. This incapability usually indications a break up among valued and devalued facets of self. In instances equivalent to those, self-protection turns into paramount and should profoundly hamper development, as no matter what isn't identified is perceived as risky, instead of being a problem that invitations additional improvement. For the therapist who needs to create aliveness in the consulting room, we're stuck by means of the very genuine chance that this aliveness poses to the protective constructions on which the patient’s equilibrium rests. circulate therefore may be very precarious. during this quantity, Marilyn Charles considers how notions of "play" and "myth", as introduced into the literature through Winnicott and Bion, will help to supply an intervening time house during which most unlikely realities could be developed at a secure sufficient reserve that we will extra actively give some thought to them and thereby create percentages, instead of foreclosing on them.
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You have some similarities to your mother,” I say, “which, when you are frightened, makes you believe that you might be just like her. But that is also a way of positioning yourself into that victim role, where the calamity has already happened, by invoking the doom of your genetic heritage. But, it just isn’t true. You are not exactly like her. You see the slide she took downward and a part of you would like to take it along with her, but there is another part of you that consistently heads in the other direction.
At times, this opportunity occurs when we are presented with moments in which we might be able to de-construct the collapsed reality. These moments are often occasioned by enactments that lead to confrontations with the extant reality. We are all adept at our own preferred ways of avoiding that confrontation. Aron often interposed his own narrative over my words overtly, whereas Grace, largely silently, re-interpreted most of my words through her own critical censors. With Aron, I can only continue to interpret his ambivalence over being known that keeps him destroying our relationship, even as he continues to come in ostensibly seeking one.
In reacting against the invasion, we become caught in our own lie, as we disown the characteristic rather than merely refusing to be invaded by the negative projection. Ironically, it is only in our ability to accept, without shame, the devalued aspect in ourselves that we become relatively immune to the invasion, for it is the shame that perpetuates the dilemma by disconnecting us from both self and other. The disconnection perpetuates the lie that the trait might be a stigmata, rather than an inevitable aspect of being human.