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Martin-Vallas, F. (2008). The Transferential Chimera II: Some Theoretical Considerations. J. Anal. Psychol., 53(1):37-59.

(2008). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 53(1):37-59

The Transferential Chimera II: Some Theoretical Considerations

François Martin-Vallas

Translated from the French by Ann Kutek

The author develops here a theoretical model to account for the different levels of organization and functioning of the transference chimera of which he gave a clinical presentation in an earlier article. From his reading of Jung's ‘Psychology of the transference’ he derives a dynamic model of the chimera and links it to quantum mechanics and chaos theory not so much to describe the reality of the phenomenon, but to offer a model of representation as a conceptual and meditative tool for analysts to use in their practice. The main hypothesis of this work is that the chimera arises from the intimate interplay of the respective de-integrates of the analyst and of the patient, thus constituting a genuine self in the transference. The author concludes with some implications for the analyst's own internal position.

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