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Christopoulos, A. (2014). External and Internal Reality: The Impact of the Current Socio-Economic Crisis on the Analytic Dyad. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(6):1131-1153.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(6):1131-1153

Clinical Communications

External and Internal Reality: The Impact of the Current Socio-Economic Crisis on the Analytic Dyad Language Translation

Anna Christopoulos

(Accepted for publication 5 March 2014)

This paper addresses the impact of the current economic crisis on the psychic functioning of the patient and the analyst, their relationship and collaboration. This intrusion of ‘external reality’ is multidimensional, and thus with multiple meanings. The critical role of the economic factor brings various dimensions of money into play, such as self-preservation, power as well as aspects of psychosexual development. In addition, the crisis involves symbolic loss of basic ideals such as honesty and social responsibility. Patient and analyst are affected in similar and different ways in their respective roles as well as according to the specific intrapsychic functioning of each. Moreover, unique characteristics of the crisis often create a crisis in the analysis. In order to avoid deformation of the analytic relationship, the analytic dyad must examine and work through the multiple meanings of the crisis as well as the meaning of the impact of the crisis on the analytic relationship for both patient and analyst. This complex transference-countertransference interplay poses specific challenges to the analyst. After discussion of these issues, clinical material is presented that demonstrates how they appear in analytic practice today.

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