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Civitarese, G. (2018). Hallucinosis, Dreaming, and Play: The Analytic Field and its Transformations. Fort Da, 24(2):5-21.

(2018). Fort Da, 24(2):5-21

Hallucinosis, Dreaming, and Play: The Analytic Field and its Transformations

Giuseppe Civitarese, M.D., Ph.D.

Translated by:
Susanna Bonetti

The concept of “transformation” is found everywhere in Freud and in psychoanalytic literature, but only with Bion and Analytic Field Theory (Ferro & Civitarese, 2015) does it become the specific concept of a new paradigm that we can call “aesthetic-intersubjective,” as compared to the previous “archeological-circumstantial” paradigm. The essential difference lies in thinking of analytic work as directed not to the discovery of repressed contents, but to the development of the psychic container's capacity to “process” the emotional experience, that is, to give meaning to the experience. The main therapeutic principle, then, becomes to be in unison with the patient (at-one-ment) in order to grasp what is “true” at the deep emotional level of the relationship. Basic postulates of this paradigm are:

a.   the concept of the unconscious as a psychoanalytic function of the personality — the psyche dreams continuously (digests) the real / “O” to transform it to livable reality;

b.   the concept of waking dream thought — the idea that one dreams not only at night but also during the day;

c.   the

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