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Boccara, P. Gaddini, A. Riefolo, G. (2009). Authenticity and the Analytic Process. Am. J. Psychoanal., 69(4):348-362.

(2009). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 69(4):348-362

Authenticity and the Analytic Process

Paolo Boccara, M.D., Andrea Gaddini, M.D. and Giuseppe Riefolo, M.D.

In this paper we first make a differentiation between phenomena that can be defined as spontaneous and others that can be defined as authentic. We then attempt to present authenticity as a process rather than an outcome. Finally, we try to understand the location of authentic phenomena in the sensorial and pre-symbolic communicative register. We situate authentic phenomena in the register of sensorial and pre-symbolic communication. The authentic process becomes manifest, step by step in the analytic process (Borgogno, 1999), through the vivid iconic and sensorial elements that happen to cross the analytic field. Through two brief clinical vignettes, we seek to document the progression of the analytic process, in one case through the analyst's capacity for rêverie (Bion, 1962; Ogden, 1994, 1997; Ferro, 2002, 2007), and in the other through the sensorial elements with which analyst and patient are able to tune in to each other.

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