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Lunn, S. (2002). The psychoanalytic room. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 25(2):135-142.

(2002). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 25(2):135-142

The psychoanalytic room

Susanne Lunn, Cand. Psych.

In this paper, psychoanalysis is viewed as a method in opposition to the reigning spirit of our age with its demands for fast and measurable results. The concept “the psychoanalytic room” is introduced in order to grasp the uniqueness of psychoanalysis and how it distinguishes itself from what is ordinarily held to be included under the category of work. The psychoanalytic room is explored in both a concrete and metaphoric sense and is discussed in relation to the concept of time, reality, Ogden's concept of the analytic third, and, inspired by Winnicott, children's play. The playroom of the child and its similarity with the analytic room is illustrated by the book “Benny's Bathtub” by the Danish author Flemming Kvist Møller.

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