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Weisel-Barth, J. Eldridge, A. (2019). Thinking About Time: Future Vision in Imagination and Analytic Process. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 14(2):146-160.

(2019). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 14(2):146-160

Thinking About Time: Future Vision in Imagination and Analytic Process

Joye Weisel-Barth, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Amy Eldridge, Ph.D.

This article describes a temporal dimension that I call “future vision.” It also depicts the failure of future vision in two analytic patients. Future vision is a complex relational and developmental process central to analysis. It begins as a gleam in the therapist’s eye and moves over time into shared fantasies that place the patient, more developed and realized, in some future context. Future vision rests on a sense of temporal continuity, that is, temporal flow uniting past memories and present experience with future possibilities. Once established relationally, future vision provides fantasies of desire, promise, and hope that inform a person’s motivations, choices, and actions. The article expresses the conviction that the analyst’s holding a future vision of the other is an aspect of a mirroring selfobject transference; of genuine relational knowing; or, indeed, of any loving, intimate relationship. In time a conjoint future vision becomes an often unspoken part of the intersubjective mix. Its failure can splinter the dyad.

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