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Maldonado, J.L. (2014). A Mismatch of Meaning and Intentionality between Analyst and Analysand. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(4):641-662.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(4):641-662

A Mismatch of Meaning and Intentionality between Analyst and Analysand Language Translation

Jorge Luis Maldonado

(Accepted for publication 20 December 2013)

In this paper, I will consider a type of misunderstanding in the analytical dialogue and the possible unconscious motivations underlying this. I will also make reference to the patient's use of the analyst's words for the purpose of narcissistic enactment and will explore the extent of the analyst's involvement in this. The subjects of misunderstanding and narcissistic enactment will be dealt with in relation to a patient's way of processing certain interpretations at the beginning of analysis and the concealment of her way of processing the analyst's words. By contributing dreams and other significant material in the sessions, the patient gradually revealed her phantasies which enabled the analyst to uncover the possible factors which determined her particular attribution of meaning to the analyst's words and her retention of information about how she had initially construed his interpretations.

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