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Puget, J. (2006). The Use of the Past and the Present in the Clinical Setting: Pasts and Presents. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 87(6):1691-1707.

(2006). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 87(6):1691-1707

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The Use of the Past and the Present in the Clinical Setting: Pasts and Presents

Janine Puget

The author provides a brief summary of Latin American literature concerning temporality. She shows that a common theme throughout all these papers is that the analytical relationship is considered to be bipersonal and symmetrical, thus demonstrating a concern for establishing the basis by which social subjectivity can be reconsidered. This literature displaces the idea of linear time from its central position and introduces other measures of time. The analytical relationship takes place not only in the past but also in a newly created present. This is the ongoing present, of what is happening now, instantaneous and without a prior history attached to it. This leads the author to suggest that there is a present to one's history and a history to one's present. She then analyses the consequences of this proposition by examining some clinical material where she attempts to pinpoint those instances in which the analyst may have reacted defensively, tending to position himself in the analysand's past instead of being able to take action in the present. Clinical material from the IJP is used.

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