Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To access to IJP Open with a PEP-Web subscription…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Having a PEP-Web subscription grants you access to IJP Open. This new feature allows you to access and review some articles of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis before their publication. The free subscription to IJP Open is required, and you can access it by clicking here.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Curtis, H.C. Malin, A. (1982). Construction and Reconstruction: Clinical Aspects. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 30:213-233.

(1982). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 30:213-233

Construction and Reconstruction: Clinical Aspects

Homer C. Curtis, M.D. and Arthur Malin, M.D.

HOMER CURTIS OPENED THE PANEL with a brief discussion of the historical and theoretical background of the concept and use of reconstruction. The early roots of reconstruction can be seen in the principle of abreaction, on through the "talking cure" and recovery of childhood memories, by way of shifting emphasis to transference, resistance, and structural considerations in Freud's 1937 paper "Constructions in Analysis." In this paper Freud granted reconstruction equal status with recovery of memories. Freud wrote of the therapeutic need for and value of reconstructions which put together information from memories, dreams, fantasies, transference, affects, and behavior into a more or less coherent picture of the past, which carries conviction for the patient.

Curtis reminded us that Freud went through an "agonizing reappraisal" of his earlier seduction theory which led to the shift in emphasis to the inner life of drives and fantasies. In the case of Dora there is an "environmentalist" tendency, making a general connection between symptoms and earlier life experiences in a direct way without significant attention to endopsychic fantasy elaborations. We see the latter in the case of the Wolf Man and the well-known reconstruction from that case. Curtis noted that there is a periodic emergence of theories of neurosogenesis based on direct-line, molding, or tabularasa-type of environmentalism which ignores the complications of endopsychic transformations, elaborations, and distortions.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.