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Ross, J.M. (1999). Once More Onto the Couch: Consciousness and Preconscious Defenses in Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47(1):91-111.

(1999). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47(1):91-111

Once More Onto the Couch: Consciousness and Preconscious Defenses in Psychoanalysis

John Munder Ross

Use of the couch in the analytic situation has a unique impact on the consciousness of both participants in the process. The hypnagogic state of the supine analysand and its resonance with the empathic reverie of the unseen analyst are explored, with a focus not on the contents of analysts' countertransferential associations, but on the diverse but converging modes in which they represent their patients' verbal productions. A clinical example is presented to illustrate the interplay between the patient's and the analyst's imaginations, an understanding of which does away with the false dichotomy between defense analysis and empathic responsiveness. The importance of a patient's conscious and preconscious defenses in the here-and-now transference (suppression, “marginalization,” disavowal, negation) is also noted, as is the relation of these defenses to unconscious secondary repression.

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