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Frank, A. (1991). Psychic Change & The Analyst as Biographer: Transference and Reconstruction. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 72:22-26.

(1991). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 72:22-26

Psychic Change & The Analyst as Biographer: Transference and Reconstruction

Alvin Frank

The 37th Congress's theme concerns 'Psychic Change', in particular significant enduring changes within the mental apparatus. These are major 'structural changes', involving the mind's important apparatuses and organization. The mandate of psychoanalytic technique is to provide means to effect a momentous constructive and adaptive evolution of such psychic structure. The personality is to be freed from the limitations and pathological malformations imposed by a person's original adventures in life. Then the child was faced by an inconstant and inevitably flawed environment, neither of choice nor design. No one has an option then other than to contend as well as possible using vulnerable developing capacities. Imperatives to perceive and respond to poorly understood and often overwhelming inner and outer worlds do not wait upon maturity. But an adult can re -view self and life from a more secure posture, the positive consequence of enhanced resources and broader experience and vision.

In concentrating here on the contents of the adult's cum child's historically viewed renditions of life experience I must largely ignore the undeniable vicissitudes and sequelae of process, with one undeniable exception. That is the process which can be reasonably expected to share our unanimous acceptance, transference. Transference here is used to refer to the phenomenon in the more limited sense which captures its irreducible conceptual essence, i.e. the repetition of early inner and outer experiences and perceptions in consequence of the psychoanalytic situation and activity.

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