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A Spirit of Inquiry by James L. Fosshage, Frank M. Lachmann, Joseph D. Lichtenberg

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CHAPTER FIVE

TRANSFERENCE AS COMMUNICATION: THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY

How does the past speak? From the time Freud recognized the significance of the past, analysts have tried to find increasingly effective ways to reveal the secrets of prior experience, namely, the archeological metaphor. Memory provided an obvious starting point. Problems of what does or doesn’t get recorded, what is then distorted, forgotten, or revised makes memory an unreliable source. Then came a great discovery. Unbeknown to Freud’s patients, they began to react to him not as their doctor but as if he were a specific figure from their past. Freud called this transference. This remarkably astute clinical observation was couched in terms of energic cathexes—a theoretical ...

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