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Niedecken, D. (2017). Considerations on the Precedence of the Scenes, the Contact Barrier and the Separation of Conscious and Unconscious. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(3):611-631.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(3):611-631

Considerations on the Precedence of the Scenes, the Contact Barrier and the Separation of Conscious and Unconscious

Dietmut Niedecken

(Accepted for publication 2 May 2014)

In this essay the term ‘scene’ which has been developed in the German psychoanalytic discussion, is confronted with the terms ‘total situation’ and ‘psychoanalytic field’, showing common features as well as differences. Thereafter four child observations are presented, through which light is thrown onto the scenic structures which make the foundations of early experience. In the precedence of scenes those structures are omnipresent whereas subjectivity only gradually builds up. It is shown how the development of subjectivity and the differentiation of consciousness and unconscious go along with overcoming the precedence of scenes, by breaking them up and reorganizing them. Thus scenes can become metaphors, which are used for ‘translating’ experience and for building up the contact barrier.

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