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Wilson, E., Jr. (1984). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: The Transitional Quality of Memory and the Reinteriorization of Memories. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 715-723.. Psychoanal Q., 53:153.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: The Transitional Quality of Memory and the Reinteriorization of Memories. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 715-723.

(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:153

Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: The Transitional Quality of Memory and the Reinteriorization of Memories. Jean Guillaumin. Pp. 715-723.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Today analysts no longer emphasize access to and integration of memories and their interlinkages. A previous emphasis on permanent, vivid, and clear images of the past has given way to a recognition of a state of memory clinically "beyond" the recovery of memories. This "third" state of memory is the sort of progressive blurring into which all memories enter, even those which are most vivid and stimulating. During treatment, memories may become vivid and organized, and may exist through the treatment and well after, but eventually they blur more and more, and are remembered not so much in themselves but as having been remembered. A current in psychoanalysis today advocates a certain circumspectness about the pursuit of memories, just as about dream images. It is thought that if a memory is too clearly recalled, the memory can no longer supply its energy to the ego. Memory can be seen as intermediate between two unconscious mnemic extremes, repetition compulsion and complete disappearance without the possibility of open and easy recall. Memories as one deals with them in analysis correspond to a transitory state; perhaps they are even transitional in Winnicott's sense. A memory is a passing moment in the vicissitudes of our internal psychic perceptions. They are externalized during the work of analysis as a part of the analysis. And they must, just like the transference, be re-internalized at the end of analysis.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1984). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 53:153

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