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Momigliano, L.N. (1982). From an Analyst's Note-Book: Some Considerations on Writing a Paper. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 9:45-54.

(1982). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 9:45-54

From an Analyst's Note-Book: Some Considerations on Writing a Paper

Luciana Nissim Momigliano


This paper proposes and describes a possible model for a closer understanding of the anxieties and the resistances an author may face when he wishes to write a scientific paper felt as a creative act.

In fact, supposing that the mental state of the writer could be described as equivalent to that of having a gestation project containing a phantasy of identification with the fertile relationship of the internal united parents, this necessarily also involves the existence inside himself of a phantasy of violent attacks carried out by inner infantile parts, fiercely jealous and envious of the parental couple. When these internal conflicts are overwhelming, the author may face them to begin with only by falling back on mechanisms of splitting, projection and denial. If, successively, he can manage to work them out in a more mature way, of the 'depressive' type, he may also be able to accomplish, as an analogy with 'good art', a 'good' scientific work.

The author of this paper reports here the various stages which led her to these considerations, how they gradually developed within her, on the basis of clinical observations which were briefly jotted down in a copy book ('The Note Book') and successively worked on bit by bit, as a kind of work-in-progress.

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