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Busch, F. (2017). Discussion of the Case of Bento. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(5):1423-1431.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(5):1423-1431

Discussion of the Case of Bento Related Papers

Fred Busch

Before discussing the clinical material, I will start with a brief description of how I approached Mrs. Carneiro's report of her heroic, lengthy treatment with Bento, who she has helped a great deal. Over the years of analysis we see how he has changed from an angry, action oriented boy of 6 to someone who can talk about his frustrations, and integrate ambivalent feelings by age 9.

In discussing the clinical material of another analyst one can only talk about a virtual picture of an analysis, since the discussant is only talking about fragments of what has happened. Thus there is much that goes on in a long analysis that isn't reported that can have a profound effect. Bento was playing with a Lego mummy with treasure under a pyramid. He recalled, “Remember what you told me? You said that the treasure underneath the pyramid is something like things hidden in my head, what you and I are finding out.” This metaphorically rich representation, which seems to have had a big impression on Bento, is the type of statement we hear little about in the analysis, but I imagine was an important part of what helped him. In fact in this same session Bento is able to forgive his mother (mummy) for bringing him late to a session, something that would have enraged him at an earlier time. However, I can only comment on the main way the clinical material is reported by Mrs. Carneiro, which represents a different position than other child analysts, and also my own view. I offer my perspective as a way for the reader to reflect upon our different approaches.

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