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Perelberg, R.J. (2017). Love and Melancholia in the Analysis of Women by Women. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(6):1533-1549.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(6):1533-1549

Love and Melancholia in the Analysis of Women by Women Language Translation

Rosine Jozef Perelberg

(Accepted for publication 17 April 2017)

This paper suggests that in the analysis of women by women a melancholic core may be encountered at the centre of the transference/countertransference situation that is an expression of the loss of the primary maternal object that has never been mourned. The attachment to the primary, lost object may be preserved in a melancholic, invisible way, and the longing that it is connected to might only reach representation in the après coup of the analytic process. The links between this primary love, melancholia and the unrepresentable in the analysis of women will be explored. These analyses powerfully evoke the relationship to the somatic. The internalization of the body of the mother, which is a requirement in the development of a woman, can take on frightening, fragmented, part-object qualities. An example of a five times a week analysis is discussed.

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