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Lussana, S. (2016). The termination of the analysis: observation on theory, technique and clinic (the case of S. and the "dummy" little man).. IJP Open, 3:43.

(2016). IJP Open, 3:43

The termination of the analysis: observation on theory, technique and clinic (the case of S. and the "dummy" little man).

Stefano Lussana

In this paper, a few significative contributions of the main authors who have developed ideas and formed the fondamental theories and techniques about the end of the analysis will be examined. An account of the last two years of a patient's analysis will be then reported: in the first year the idea of ending starts taking place till it becomes a shared decision; in the second year, the work is focused on the separation dynamics of the analytic couple which allows to approach the end of the analysis by letting the patient's independence in relation to the object and subjectivity "as a person" emerge. Finally, we will try to formulate an hypothesis about the way our emotions and thoughts on the end of the analysis travel in an underground path, at a subliminal unconscious preconscious level, since the very begining of the analysis. This idea will be developed through an archeological metaphor. We believe analysis lives on oscillation between union/intimacy and separation/detachment moments. The termination of analysis rappresents the most painfull but at the same time evolutionary act.

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