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Fabozzi, P. (2015). In-Between: Shapes of Subjectivities in the Analytic Situation. Psychoanal. Inq., 35(6):578-596.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(6):578-596

In-Between: Shapes of Subjectivities in the Analytic Situation

Paolo Fabozzi

Starting from concepts that Winnicott developed and that are unexpectedly near to postmodern concepts, I attempt to map some features of the complex territory that lies between analyst and patient from the viewpoint of the relationship that exists between subjectivity and objectivity. In the first section, I give a personal reading of Winnicottian model, emphasizing the idea that the subject’s unconscious acts upon and transforms the object’s (thereby putting in motion further unconscious processes within the object). Then I highlight the presence, in the transference, of various levels of communication and of a paradoxical multidimensionality that upsets the traditional space-time categories and also upsets the analyst’s mental stance. In the third section, I present a new form of countertransference (pervasive), through which the patient’s unconscious creates a sensory environment of proto-emotions and atmospheres, of states and rhythms, that have permeated it and that, due to their intensity and nature, arrived there without symbolization. Finally, I attempt to demonstrate how the patient can undergo psychic change only if the analyst has, himself, inhabited an analogous process of transformation in response to the disturbances arising within the analytical relationship. The clinical-theoretical stance emerging from these reflections sees the relation to the other, to oneself, and to the world as made possible by subjective creation always taking place in the unconscious.

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