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Rey, J.H. (1994). Further Thoughts on ‘That Which Patients Bring to Analysis’. Brit. J. Psychother., 11(2):185-197.

(1994). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 11(2):185-197

Further Thoughts on ‘That Which Patients Bring to Analysis’

J. H. Rey

The concept of the internal objects and internal and external spaces has been further developed in this paper. These objects are an important part of patients seeking treatment for themselves for they are also looking unconsciously for ‘treatment’ of these objects. The objects are ‘damaged’ and the patient does not know how to repair them. He keeps them alive in the hope that help will come. The methods used to keep them alive, even when dying, have been described. The stages at which these objects have been, or are thought to have been, damaged is vital. For example, they can range from the sensori-motor level to higher levels of maturation, to produce psychosis, borderline or hypochondria. The concrete level is stressed for it leads to concrete repair as opposed to psychic reparation.

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