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Wilson, E., Jr. (1990). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVIII, 1984: Unconscious Homosexuality and the Dynamics of the Double. Cesar and Sara Botella. Pp. 687-708.. Psychoanal Q., 59:167.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVIII, 1984: Unconscious Homosexuality and the Dynamics of the Double. Cesar and Sara Botella. Pp. 687-708.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:167

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVIII, 1984: Unconscious Homosexuality and the Dynamics of the Double. Cesar and Sara Botella. Pp. 687-708.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

The authors concentrate on a type of collusion that may develop between patient and analyst in the course of an analysis, a complicity which is more or less unconsciously homosexual and can prevent the emergence of a certain mode of relating in the transference. They cite Freud's unconscious homosexual transference to Fliess. The libidinal gaze of Fliess was necessary for Freud and permitted him to launch without fear the autoerotic efforts involved in all original thought. In Freud's development we can see his use of exterior, homosexual doubles, who offered protection against the vertigo of original thinking. The development of his thought shows an oscillation between the need for reassurance by cathexis of these doubles and the need to disengage himself in order to be free to create. We can see Freud pass from reliance on an exterior double to an autonomous interior double, with the resulting originality in his thought. He repeated the situation with Jung in 1911, and it was to be invoked again in his study of the Moses of Michelangelo. Only in the Acropolis paper did it get analyzed, with the transference-at-a-distance to Romain Rolland. He transformed Moses, the founding father, into an interior double. When finished with the Moses paper, he did some of his most original and creative work in his late papers. Through an illustrative case history the authors indicate how these homosexual elements can come up in the transference-countertransference material and can lead to the experience of doubling. This experience and the resulting collusion is perceived by the analyst as uncanny and as deranging and disorganizing. It is a narcissistic love, the bearer of the ego ideal, more or less covered by the homosexual oedipal object love of the infantile neurosis. Earlier metapsychological considerations of the analytic process have been enlarged by the study of the narcissistic economy of the relation between analyst and analysand. We could learn still more by a study of the dynamics of the double, but what we most often see is a homosexual transference which covers the doubling. This phenomenon is especially important in dealing with borderline patients in analysis.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1990). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLVIII, 1984. Psychoanal. Q., 59:167

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