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Bernstein, J. (1992). Editors' Introduction. Mod. Psychoanal., 17(1):13-14.

(1992). Modern Psychoanalysis, 17(1):13-14

Editors' Introduction

June Bernstein

In the fall of 1990, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies conceived and initiated a new series of annual conferences devoted to public discussions of the latest developments within modern psychoanalysis. These conferences have included formal papers, videotapes, panel discussions, and workshops. They have also become occasions for gathering together the increasingly widespread modern analytic community. Modern analysts from as far away as Finland, as well as from various training institutes coast to coast, come together and interact with speakers, panel members, workshop leaders and each other.

The first conference of this current series, The Anaclitic Countertransference, addressed the question of whether after a long relationship the analyst would be able to leave the arena of the repetition and the induced countertransference and develop feelings for the patient that were needed by the patient, although not induced by him. A year later with questions about the anaclitic countertransference still stimulating discussion the second conference took as its theme Beyond the Anaclitic Countertransference.

The papers gathered here disclose what some of the leaders in the field had been thinking in the intervening year. Theodore Laquercia gives some vivid examples of rich experiences in preverbal years and concludes that when we learn to communicate with words (our mother tongue) something transcendent leaves our lives. Language is necessary and ego building, but it alters and restricts us by focusing our attention on the experiences we can share with others through language.


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