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Civitarese, G. Ferro, A. (2012). The Secret of Faces: Commentary on Paper by Rachael Peltz. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(3):296-304.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(3):296-304

The Secret of Faces: Commentary on Paper by Rachael Peltz

Giuseppe Civitarese, Ph.D. and Antonino Ferro, M.D.

Dr. Rachael Peltz stresses the aesthetic dimension of analysis. In fact the aesthetic experience can serve as a model for all that is deepest and truest in our lives and in the analytic encounter. We all have an “inner painter” which transforms primitive sensoriality into images or pictograms and then tie them up into oneiric thoughts, dreaming and thinking in order to give a personal meaning to experience. This model gives us the possibility in the clinical work to be more attentive to the musical, rhythmic, or semiotic aspects of the interaction between patient and analyst. Dr. Peltz shows in a beautiful vignette how, equating analysis to the aesthetic experience, it is possible to help the patient to reach a fuller sense of consonance and contact between mind and body.

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