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Pick, I.B. (1985). Breakdown in Communication: On Finding the Child in the Analysis of an Adult. Psychoanal. Psychother., 1(2):57-62.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 1(2):57-62

Breakdown in Communication: On Finding the Child in the Analysis of an Adult

Mrs. Irma Brenman Pick

In this paper a patient is described in whom communication with parts of herself and with her objects, internal and external, had broken down. I suggest that her way of communicating was achieved by projective identification, as described by Klein (1946) and Bion (1962). The only way she could deal with and communicate her own very “bothered” feelings was to “put them” into the analyst. In this way she “bothered” the maternal or analytic mind in such a way as to make the analyst experience feeling like a “bothered” child.

I have tried to show how the analyst holds or contains these feelings, and to show the gradual establishment in the patient of a different way of communicating with the analyst and with the more primitive parts of herself.

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