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Guzder, J. (2002). Working through the Counter-transference: Notes on a Lecture by Christopher Bollas. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 10(2):281-301.

(2002). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 10(2):281-301

Working through the Counter-transference: Notes on a Lecture by Christopher Bollas

Jaswant Guzder

Only at the outset of the analytic mission to find meaning did the subject appear to be the patient. But free association is deconstructed by the analyst's efforts to search the narrative for pathology. Representations and signifiers move from individual interior meaning to a mingling of process and interpretative interaction.

In this analytic hour, we must allow ourselves to have the illness of the other, to enter a dialogue with dual unconscious worlds.

Her erotic life flies up in a space of masculine and elder presence. He sits back.

They then lie down together in this theoretical gap. An analysis of acting out and disintegration is allowed upon this canvas.

The division of mind and erotic feeling persists.

Does she float downward, facing the unconscious river for him, to be darkly stranded as he sits on the shore, timing her submerging, not quite drowned?

Can she turn her sleep (as he awakens voice and puts to sleep parts of himself) into waking, into visions of becoming herself, her desired objects leading her, her subjective river melting with memories of love and damage?

By what channels does the word enter the heart?

Did you become an analyst to seek her meaning from your own objects?

To heal her wounds must you appear at surfaces to be a father confessor, a flying bird, or a holding mother for a floating corpus?

The Mother-analyst holds, the Father-analyst directs and penetrates, while dialogues unravel of holding and fleeing, of decapitation and cannibalization, experiences of eating heart and ear.

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