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Henningsen, F. (2005). Destruction and guilt: Splitting and reintegration in the analysis of a traumatised patient. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(2):353-373.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(2):353-373

Destruction and guilt: Splitting and reintegration in the analysis of a traumatised patient

Franziska Henningsen

The author traces in detail how, in the analytic relationship, she was slowly able to read aspects of the trauma as ‘quotations’ and gradually, through transference, transform them into a symbolic language. Split-off aggression and guilt feelings became progressively accessible to interpretation through transferential projective identifications. During his analysis, the patient discovered he was the child of Nazi criminals: on his mother's side they were the third generation; on his father's side, the second.

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