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Galatzer-Levy, R.M. (2009). Good Vibrations: Analytic Process as Coupled Oscillations. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 90(5):983-1007.

(2009). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 90(5):983-1007

Good Vibrations: Analytic Process as Coupled Oscillations

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy

(Final version accepted 26 March 2009)

This paper develops a new model for the action of psychoanalysis based on concepts from non-linear dynamics (chaos theory and complexity theory). It shows that the analyst-analysand couple may be conceptualized as a new configuration with its own properties that promote complex development in both members of the couple. These developments are an emergent result of the formation of the analyst-analysand couple and are significantly independent of the particular content of the manifest interaction of the couple. The well-studied phenomena of coupled oscillators suggest the specific features of the analysand-analyst interaction that are likely to be most important in conceptualizing analytic change. The model has substantial clinical applications since efforts to arrange for a coupled oscillator system that is central to it are distinct from many of the traditional considerations associated with creating an analytic situation.

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