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(1978). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XXXVIII, 1974: Constructions. Reconstructions. Concerning "The Construction of Analytic Space.". Psychoanal Q., 47:151.
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(1978). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 47:151

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XXXVIII, 1974: Constructions. Reconstructions. Concerning "The Construction of Analytic Space."

Double issue No. 2/3 of this volume contains the papers read at a colloquium on a work of Serge Viderman, La construction de l'espace analytique (The Construction of Analytic Space). Viderman is in favor of a relativistic view of the truth value of interpretations in psychoanalysis. He believes that the object of the analytic process is not a specific and accurate reconstruction of the historical past of the analysand. The constructions of analysis are instead created, imagined, or invented by the analyst. The psychic reality of the analysand is brought into existence by the analytic situation and by the development of "analytic space." Viderman emphasizes the metapsychological difference between primal and secondary repression. A "coefficient of incertitude" characterizes constructions made about primally repressed material, although there may be relative accuracy about the historical past of the analysand which is recovered from secondary repression. The archaic experiences of the analysand are without structure and are given a reality by the verbalizations occurring in the course of an analysis. This verbalization gives them a form and a concrete representation and, in effect, creates the past, structuring what was in itself inchoate, fragmented, unformed, and unrecognizable. Verbalization unifies and concretizes these experiences in a totally original manner and in a form which does not exist in any place other than the analytic space and through the language in which they are expressed. Between the instinctual experiences and the verbalizations of the constructions there is a qualitative jump, which Viderman attributes to the creativity of the analyst.

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(1978). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XXXVIII, 1974. Psychoanal. Q., 47:151

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