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Masina, L. (2017). Panel Report, IPA Congress Buenos Aires 2017: Fear of Intimacy: The Pervert's Uncanny False Intimacy. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(6):1773-1775.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(6):1773-1775

Panel Report, IPA Congress Buenos Aires 2017: Fear of Intimacy: The Pervert's Uncanny False Intimacy

Luisa Masina

Chair: Paola Golinelli

Presenters: Antonio Andreoli, Maria Vittoria Costantini and Martina Bourdè

Reporter: Luisa Masina

This panel featured interesting overlaps between the contributions of the three authors, as well as evocative links between the clinic and references to theory. There was a complementarity between the types of patients presented, which resulted in an integrated and multi-faceted description of the area of narcissism/perversion and the ranges of intimacy in this context.

The panel's meeting opened with Antonio Andreoli's work (The Uncanny Intimacy at the End of Analysis'), which was read by Anna Ferruta (Italian Psychoanalytic Society), as the author was unable to attend in person.

This work focuses on the process of transference resolution, with the associated mourning that occurs in the concluding stage of psychoanalytic treatment, which can be a turning point and a time of change compared to the limits of previous analytic work. The author refers in particular to the possibility of unmasking inauthentic feelings of self-confidence and intimacy that result from an idealization of the analytic project.

The analytic dyad finds itself having to face separation and loss, which evoke in the transference a counter-investment that is at once impressive and insecure. This produces a symmetrical countertransferential reaction that challenges the analyst's ability to work through it. The resolution of the illusion of a transferential nature allows a situation of sincere dialogue to be achieved, with a genuine sharing of existential experiences as might occur “between two old friends”.

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