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Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Robert Waska

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

One of therapy's greatest challenges is the moment of transference, when a patient unconsciously transfers emotion or desire to a new and present object—in some cases the therapist. During the course ... More


Enactments, Interactions, and Interpretations

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines the variety of interactions and enactments that take place in psychoanalytic treatment, often stemming from the patient's reaction to analytic contact. During the course of ... More


Kleinian Couple’s Treatment: A Complicated Case

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines how psychoanalytic treatment of Kleinian couples unfolds and the specific theoretical and clinical nuances that emerge. Melanie Klein's discoveries strengthened and expanded ... More


Introduction

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This book examines the intimate, day-to-day, moment-to-moment clinical experience that unfolds when treating a wide variety of patients in private practice. Each chapter follows a wide spectrum of ... More


Reciprocal Totalism: The Toxic Interdependence of Anticult and Cult Violence

Dick Anthony, Thomas Robbins, and Steven Barrie-Anthony

in Violence and New Religious Movements

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199735631
eISBN:
9780199894512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735631.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Religio-ideological totalism entails an absolute division of humanity into dual categories such as saved/damned, human/subhuman, and godly/demonic. Totalistic “cults” are not necessarily violent, but ... More


Slippery When Wet: The Imperfect Art of Interpretation

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter considers the many factors that must be taken into account when pursuing a line of psychoanalytic interpretation. Using case examples, it explores clinical moments in which interpretive ... More


Interpretive Acting Out: Unavoidable and Sometimes Useful

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines the clinical difficulty of making accurate and helpful interpretations that do not become part of the patient's defensive system. Using one extensive case presentation, it ... More


The dispeopled kingdom: the hidden self in Beckett's short fiction

John Robert Keller

in Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719063121
eISBN:
9781781700297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719063121.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses first-person short fiction. It studies the primal splits within the narrative-self in the direct fiction, as well as those in the ‘created’ tales of the narrator. It starts ... More


Containing, Translating, and Interpretive Acting Out: The Quest for Therapeutic Balance

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter considers how patients will project unwanted, unfinished, and unspoken aspects of their internal self during the course of a psychoanalytic treatment. Using extensive material from ... More


Successes, Failures, and Question Marks

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines the difficulty of private practice and demonstrates the real-world, on-the-ground truth of psychoanalytic treatment involving hard-to-reach patients. Most analysts encounter a ... More


Taming, Restoring, and Rebuilding, or Sealing Off, Burying, and Eliminating the Object: Two Ways of Controlling the Other

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines the internalization of the unstable, fragile, or even pathological ideal, as opposed to Melanie Klein's idea of a normal, developmentally stable ideal. In psychoanalytic ... More


Two Varieties of Psychic Retreat: The Struggle with Combined Paranoid and Depressive Conflicts

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines two cases in which psychic retreat has been only partly functional and in many cases has sprung a leak, leaving the patient feeling helplessly exposed to the worst aspects of ... More


Trapped in an Emotional Foxhole: Coping with Paranoid and Depressive Conflicts

Robert Waska

in Moments of Uncertainty in Therapeutic Practice: Interpreting Within the Matrix of Projective Identification, Countertransference, and Enactment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151535
eISBN:
9780231525237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151535.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical Psychology

This chapter examines the different levels of chaos experienced by patients who utilize a psychic retreat. Using clinical material, it illustrates the imperfect nature of psychic retreat and the ... More


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