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Rivière, E.P. (2017). The Link and the Theory of the Three Ds (Depositant, Depositary, and Deposited): Role and Status,. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(1):177-186.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(1):177-186

The Link and the Theory of the Three Ds (Depositant, Depositary, and Deposited): Role and Status, Related Papers

Enrique Pichon Rivière

The idea of the role is permeating the field of psychology and the operational field of psychoanalysis. It is becoming an interpretation vector. If analysands assign a role to analysts and analysts take on that role, a key phenomenon occurs that lies at the core of the analytic situation - communication. When analysts do not accept the role assigned by patients, communication fails. As we have said earlier, it is usually analysts who reject the role ascribed by their patients, especially when a male analyst is assigned a feminine role or a female analyst is assigned a masculine role. Gender reversal tends to produce a negative countertransference phenomenon that leads analysts to refuse to participate in the relational game.

For example, very anxious patients may state their need of protection and shelter from the very first session and may ascribe to the analyst, whether male or female, a maternal role. If they feel rejected, they will experience a high degree of frustration because of the repetition of a significant primal situation, namely, the mother-child relationship. If they have not overcome their childhood experience, patients will act cautiously during the sessions. There is a particular type of mistrust that we may call the mistrust of the depositant. Patients wonder if analysts will accept what patients want to deposit in them. The therapists' attitude must therefore be that of unscrupulous depositories who feel little anxiety and are able to accept anything patients

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