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Bollas, C. (1998). Origins of the Therapeutic Alliance. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 21(1):24-36.

(1998). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 21(1):24-36

Origins of the Therapeutic Alliance

Christopher Bollas

This paper explores the alliance between the analytic couple and the analytic process. The patient doesn't ally only with the analyst, but also with the unfolding of an experiential world. The developmental origins of this alliance are described in terms of infant and child being inside a forming intelligence; womb, mother and family – transforming the mental state of the subject. The structure of the experience is pictured by the resemblance to a simple – experiencing – self being inside a dream, and a rhetoric “I” speaking in an internal dialogue to an unanswering, but present, “you”. The writer describes the negative therapeutic reaction as an attempt to break into this forming intelligence; as an attempt to see who is the creator of the experiential universe. Staying inside the unfolding process is further investigated through the experiences of aloneness and presential immediateness.

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