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Brickman, B. (2007). Analytic Transformation of Tragic Trauma and Loss: The Recovery of an Analysis Following the Analyst's Life-Threatening Head Injury. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 2(4):383-404.

(2007). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 2(4):383-404

Analytic Transformation of Tragic Trauma and Loss: The Recovery of an Analysis Following the Analyst's Life-Threatening Head Injury

Bernard Brickman, M.D.

The author describes his personal experience of sustaining a disabling head injury, which had a devastating effect upon an ongoing analysis of a patient who had been struggling to recover from the tragic loss of a previous analyst. The author demonstrates how his own recovery and the ultimate analytic transformation of his analysand were inextricably related. He points out the crucial importance of self-reflection and management of his own feelings of shame and inadequacy during the posttraumatic period as he struggled to regain his analytic footing. An unusual feature of this account is that it is paired with that of the analysand, who reports the same events through her perspective.

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