Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To save a shortcut to an article to your desktop…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The way you save a shortcut to an article on your desktop depends on what internet browser (and device) you are using.

  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera


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

Riesenberg-Malcolm, R. (1994). Conceptualisation of Clinical Facts in the Analytic Process. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 75:1031-1040.

(1994). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 75:1031-1040

Conceptualisation of Clinical Facts in the Analytic Process

Ruth Riesenberg-Malcolm


In this paper the author discusses what she understands to be a clinical fact, stressing that it takes place within the analytic situation between patient and analyst. It is in the process of conceptualising the fact that the analyst comes to define it. In order to conceptualise, the analyst must have a frame of reference, a theoretical basis through which he perceives his patient's communications and is able to give meaning to them. In analytic work, the analyst uses his theory in mainly two ways. When working with his patient it operates mostly unconsciously, but interspersed by quick more conscious thinking. When away from the patient, theory needs to come to the front of the analyst's mind, consciously used by him. A clinical case is used to illustrate these two aspects of theoretical work. In the material presented, aspects of a first session are tentatively conceptualised. Then material from the same patient some years later is described, the method of working and the way of understanding is discussed and thus the process of conceptualising can be illustrated. The theme of hope has been singled out as a linking point between the earlier and later pieces of material.

[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.