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Habermas, T. (2014). Dreaming the Other's Past: Why Remembering May Still Be Relevant to Psychoanalytic Therapy, at Least in Some Traditions. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(5):951-963.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(5):951-963

Dreaming the Other's Past: Why Remembering May Still Be Relevant to Psychoanalytic Therapy, at Least in Some Traditions Language Translation

Tilmann Habermas

Against the background of a reconstruction of the reasons for the vanishing role of remembering in the history of psychoanalysis, Botella's (2014, Int J Psychoanal, 95) arguments regarding the therapeutic significance of reconstruction and remembering and of the therapist's role are discussed. The difference between intellectual reconstruction and actual emotional remembering are underlined, the term regredience is compared to competing concepts such as equally suspended attention, countertransference and reverie. It is argued that to conceptualize the use of countertransferential associations for reconstructing past traumatic events is difficult with a monadic conception of the unconscious and problematic both in terms of truth claims and in terms of achieving a shared creative atmosphere in which therapist and patient participate alike. It is concluded that historical truth may be important for traumatic experiences, and that biographical reconstruction and change in the subjective life story help to make sense of neurotic patterns and integrate diachronic identity.

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