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Rather, L. (2018). Transformations in the Field of Dreams: A Discussion of Civitarese's “Hallucinosis, Dreaming, and Play: The Analytic Field and its Transformations“. Fort Da, 24(2):22-39.

(2018). Fort Da, 24(2):22-39

Transformations in the Field of Dreams: A Discussion of Civitarese's “Hallucinosis, Dreaming, and Play: The Analytic Field and its Transformations“

Lee Rather, Ph.D.

If, as I believe, the mind grows in proportion to the extent to which one inquiries into it, then the relative proportions of what is known and what is unknown will be reversed the more the mind has evolved. Thus, at the end of a psychoanalytic treatment, we shall know proportionately less of this extended mind than we knew of it at the beginning.

— de Bianchedi, “Psychic Change: The Becoming of an Inquiry” (1991)

Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves and not anything else [— that is] by the immobility of our conception of Them.

— Proust, Remembrance of Things Past (1922-1931)


It is an honor to be invited to discuss the work of Dr. Giuseppe Civitarese and to dream post-Bionian analysis further. This is the 75th anniversary of psychoanalysis in San Francisco, and, if we are still catching sight of new fields of approach, it is by standing on the shoulders of previous analytic generations. Thankfully, as Civitarese's work shows (Civitarese, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), our theories are in an intense state of generativity. Back in 1942 many of today's most visionary theorists, Bion prime amongst them, had yet even to put pen to paper. Even in the early ‘80s when I entered the field, the local analytic landscape was narrowly grounded in American ego psychology, and the British were yet to sail up over the horizon.

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