By Stuart A. Pizer
In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer offers much-needed reputation to the significant position of negotiation within the analytic dating and within the healing technique. construction on a Winnicottian viewpoint that comprehends paradox because the situation for retaining an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox calls for an ongoing technique of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the inventive power in the capability area of analysis.
Following cautious evaluate of Winnicott's standpoint on paradox-via the pairings of privateness and interrelatedness, isolation and interdependence, ruthlessness and obstacle, and the suggestion of transitional phenomena-Pizer locates those elemental paradoxes in the negotiations of an analytic technique. jointly, he observes, analyst and sufferer negotiate the bounds, potentials, limits, tonalities, resistances, and meanings that verify the process their medical discussion. Elaborating at the topic of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer provides a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental fulfillment on the topic of ways that caretakers functionality as "transitional mirrors." He then explores the impression of trauma and dissociation at the kid's skill to barter paradox and clarifies how negotiation of paradox differs from negotiation of conflict. Pizer additionally broadens the scope of his research via turning to negotiation concept and practices within the disciplines of legislation, international relations, and dispute resolution.
Enlivened by way of various medical vignettes and a richly targeted chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important size to theoretical figuring out and medical perform. it's altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.
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A CASE REPORT The followin case report illustrates how both patient and therapist chan e as they find and use their points of intersection in the Copyrighted Material The Negotiation of Paradox in the Analytic Process • 13 unfoldin process of ne otiation durin the course of a treatment. Several years a o, a 26-year-old man—whom I will call Donald— came to me for therapy and said that he needed to learn how to conduct relationships and how to enrich his life. Hestayed at their home to do -sit, baby-sit, or tutor the wife in a technical subject.
1 2 6 ) . Here a ain we are in the area of therapeutic potential space as defined by Winnicott, or O den, where the paradoxical intersections of subjectivity and objectivity, sameness and difference, knowin and unknowin , privacy and commonality require and promote the on oin ne otiations of a dialectical process. In this coconstructed space of psychoanalysis, reality and illusion are brid ed in the particular ways that patient and analyst come into play to ether. The analyst en a ed in ne otiatin potential space is not supplyin the correct or corrective interpretation; rather, he is offerin for the analysand's consideration and personal use an option for symbolically re isterin some aspect of self-experience.
I could not tolerate his smell, althou h, durin our first weeks of meetin , I tried. The odor lin ered in my office for a few more patient hours after he left. I questioned whether I could work with Donald under the distancin influence of my stru le to defend a ainst his smell. So, with my heart in my mouth, I raised the issue with him. This issue forced on us a difficult and si nificant ne otiation that would haunt the treatment to follow, as well as provide us with a central metaphor to which we could return in our explorations.