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Title: Rebalancing the frame : cultural artefacts as symbolic containers in an eroticised analytic process
Author: Zarbafi, Ali
ISNI:       0000 0004 5991 347X
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2015
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This study looks at the place and importance of the patient's introduction and use of cultural artefacts as an unconscious aid, or guide or communication, in the analytic dyad, with specific reference to the erotic transference. My thesis is that these communications offer a map to a pre-symbolic landscape which needs to be discovered in the analytic work. This is particularly useful for patients who have suffered very early loss and deprivation and are searching for an original experience which enables them to gain access to the symbolic and their individual place in it. The artefacts in a central affect ridden case study, were introduced to the analytic setting by the patient, Flora, at specific moments as a mode of communication to the analyst. The hypothesis that slowly emerges for the analyst is that these introductions are representing and describing a defensive and creative response to a perceived change. Flora spontaneously reaches for an alternative world or atmosphere which both describes the change as well as escaping from it. The use of artefacts are also related to the emergence of an erotic attachment to the analyst and aid the analyst to try and understand the difficult underbelly of this attachment, which feels like another form of escape. However, both the use of artefacts and the erotic transference, which initially seem defensive, display prospective and healing possibilities in the relational field.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Prof.Doc.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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