Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To sort articles by source…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Source. This will rearrange the results of your search, displaying articles according to their appearance in journals and books. This feature is useful for tracing psychoanalytic concepts in a specific psychoanalytic tradition.

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

Havens, L. (1984). Explorations in the Uses of Language in Psychotherapy:—Counterintrojective Statements (Performatives). Contemp. Psychoanal., 20:385-399.

(1984). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 20:385-399

Explorations in the Uses of Language in Psychotherapy:—Counterintrojective Statements (Performatives)

Leston Havens, M.D.

How poor the human mind would be without vanity! It resembles a well stocked and ever renewed ware-emporium that attracts buyers of every clan: They can find almost everything, provided they bring with them the right kind of money—admiration.— Nietzsche

WITH SUCCESSFUL COUNTERPROJECTION, PARANOID PEOPLE often become depressed (Havens, 1980). At this point they seem to resent the very counterprojective statements they had welcomed earlier. I speculate that having shared the hostile feelings, the therapist has reduced them and withal the need for projection; essentially, the ego is strengthened by empathy and can reclaim the projected object. The projection comes home, is now part of the patient, and to some measure can be identified with. It is still active and attacking, but from within; hence the self-accusations. Whereas the patient can join the therapist in attacking the projection when it is "outside", the patient resents the counterprojective attack when it is inside because of this renewed identification with the object.

This is a confirmation of the theory that hostile projections represent unbearable feelings or ideas which can no longer be contained by the personality and are therefore put outside. It could be said that the unbearable must be shared, if that did not suggest a happier transmission than the recipients of paranoid projections usually experience. Nevertheless, the value of the term "shared" appears from a different direction.

[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 © 2020, 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.