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Mancia, M. (1990). Constructions and Reconstructions in Analysis. Rivista Psicoanal., 36(4):922-932.

(1990). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 36(4):922-932

Constructions and Reconstructions in Analysis Language Translation

Mauro Mancia

This short paper of mine will focus on Constructions in Analysis, which was written in 1937. I will concentrate on two aspects of analytic work: construction and reconstruction. Given that analytic work of necessity involves two people, each of whom has a different task, Freud asks what exactly is the task that each must perform and answers: the patient must remember what he once experienced and has repressed; the analyst's task is “to make out what has been forgotten from the traces which it has left behind, or more correctly, to construct it” (Freud 1937, 258-259).

In the same passage, Freud specifies that the how (that is, the modality and narrative form), the when (that is, the timing of the analyst's communicating the construction he has made to the patient), and the type (that is, the content of the narration), are the links that join the elements of the couple and permit them to articulate.

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