Constructing Realities: Transformations Through Myth and by Marilyn Charles

By Marilyn Charles

One of many demanding situations in psychoanalytic paintings is to discover how one can liven up the gap while operating with contributors whose considering is very restricted and who've little ability for play. This lack of ability frequently signs a cut up among valued and devalued features of self. In situations similar to those, self-protection turns into paramount and should profoundly hamper progress, as no matter what isn't really recognized is perceived as harmful, instead of being a problem that invitations additional improvement. For the therapist who needs to create aliveness in the consulting room, we're stuck via the very actual possibility that this aliveness poses to the shielding constructions on which the patient's equilibrium rests. move hence may be very precarious. during this quantity, Marilyn Charles considers how notions of "play" and "myth", as introduced into the literature by means of Winnicott and Bion, might help to supply an intervening time house during which very unlikely realities might be built at a secure sufficient reserve that we will extra actively contemplate them and thereby create percentages, instead of foreclosing on them.

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It is not disproved, but in order to advance beyond it we have to let it go (Parsons, 1986, p. 480). This is the challenge we set for our patients: to give up their prevailing truth for another that may be less comfortable and yet might carry greater potential. Many of the works cited here represent attempts to move beyond our own blindness towards something that is not seen. Paradoxically, we need our theories to organize our understanding of the world and yet these very theories also become blinders; lenses that help to bring ourselves and others into focus but also color and distort.

The ability to ground ourselves within the experienced moment, rather than becoming blinded by our preconceptions, is particularly important when envy and other destructive forces are at work within the treatment. At these times, it is crucial that the analyst can accept these aspects of the patient as a precondition that will profoundly affect any work that might be done. If the destructive forces are too strong, there may be little that the analyst can do that does not become toxified by these destructive forces (Oelsner, 2002), and the most that she can do is to contain the forces through her own reverie.

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. ” Bion (1970) had brought into the literature this idea of the selected fact, pointing out how our readings of “fact” change according to the ways in which our reality has become ordered in the 36 CONSTRUCTING REALITIES moment.

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