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(1986). Psychoanalytic Study of Child. XXXVII, 1982: The Comparable Experience of a Child and Adult Analyst. E. James Anthony. Pp. 339-366.. Psychoanal Q., 55:370-370.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Study of Child. XXXVII, 1982: The Comparable Experience of a Child and Adult Analyst. E. James Anthony. Pp. 339-366.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:370-370

Psychoanalytic Study of Child. XXXVII, 1982: The Comparable Experience of a Child and Adult Analyst. E. James Anthony. Pp. 339-366.

Anthony first addresses the age difference between patient and analyst and the envy that can be experienced. The difference between the adult and the child analysand is marked by the adult's capacity for introspection and willingness to come to analysis. Anthony discusses his technique of "taking in the landscape" of the patient's inner world, a silent state of "being" before becoming, and urges "being together" before attempting to interpret. In discussing the child and the adult minds as they impinge upon the analysis, he starts with the analytic mind of the adult: its openness to self-analysis is characteristic. The mind of the child, however, requires that the child analyst be empathic and intuitive and deal with the child on his or her own "operational" level, using "play imitation, gesture, and symbolic sublimation." The child is unanalyzable by adult standards, yet able to be analyzed by a child analyst "analyzing defenses, working with transference, and making unconscious conscious." The child analyst is experienced as an old object, a new object, a transitional object, a surrogate object, and an externalization of different parts of the child's psychic apparatus. Anthony describes his technique with children, remaining "sessile" in his chair while the child explores and creates and he comments on what they are doing or saying. Mentioning the child's commitment to the here and now, he yet finds many similarities in how he comes to "know" both child and adult patient. Ferenczi's use of child analytic techniques with certain primitive patients is discussed. Winnicott, too, was able to use these techniques in adult analyses, emphasizing play and creativity and discouraging a cognitive approach. Anthony illustrates this with three case examples, one child and two adults. He concludes with the prescription to be in touch with our own unconscious processes in order to explore the inner landscape of the patient, whether child or adult.


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(1986). Psychoanalytic Study of Child. XXXVII, 1982. Psychoanal. Q., 55:370-370

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