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Bonasia, E. Borgogno, F. (1989). Notes on the 1988 Weekend Conference. Rivista Psicoanal., 35(3):718-736.

(1989). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 35(3):718-736


Notes on the 1988 Weekend Conference Language Translation

E. Bonasia and F. Borgogno

The theme of the 1988 Weekend Conference, “The formulation of interpretations in clinical practice” was introduced by Dennis Duncan (Freudian) who, through a detailed clinical illustration (supplying the associations and the emotions of the patient and analyst together with the interpretations) examined the origin and the different types of interpretations.

In the first part of his paper, he illustrated how, in the presentation of cases, the analyst, often through the omission of the aspects of his own personality, hampers the further understanding of one of the fundamental sources of his comments. The subjective factors (not coming so much from the counter-transference but from prejudices, from the theories chosen or discarded, as a result of scotoma and of those particular areas pertaining to the analyst's own personal insight) are silenced because, in the name of the old claim that psychoanalysis is an objective science, the analyst tends to supply the reasons for his interpretation solely on the basis of the associations and behaviour of the patient and of his own countertransference.


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