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Luber, M.P. (1994). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XIX, 1991: Analyzability and Resilience in Development. Barbara Fajardo. Pp. 107-126.. Psychoanal Q., 63:607.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XIX, 1991: Analyzability and Resilience in Development. Barbara Fajardo. Pp. 107-126.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:607

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XIX, 1991: Analyzability and Resilience in Development. Barbara Fajardo. Pp. 107-126.

M. Philip Luber

The author starts with the clinical observation that certain patients with a traumatic developmental history do surprisingly well in analysis and others with a favorable history do surprisingly poorly, and goes on to elaborate an explanation that goes beyond static opposition between constitutional and dynamic factors. She expands Waddington's biological principle of self-righting, the ability to keep development on track in the face of traumatic disruptions, external and internal, to the psychological sphere. Psychological resilience or self-righting contributes to "motherability" early in development, even in the face of less than optimal nurturing, and to analyzability in adulthood. The author illustrates this principle first by contrasting a resilient infant with a less resilient one. She then describes the analysis of a nonresilient adult patient who was unable to tolerate the expectable disruptions in the analytic relationship, and felt compelled to terminate the analysis early in the process.

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Luber, M.P. (1994). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XIX, 1991. Psychoanal. Q., 63:607

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