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Chiarandini, I.C. (1996). Revista de Psicoanálisis. (Argentina) Special International Issue, 1993: Repetition.. Psychoanal Q., 65:848-849.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revista de Psicoanálisis. (Argentina) Special International Issue, 1993: Repetition.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:848-849

Revista de Psicoanálisis. (Argentina) Special International Issue, 1993: Repetition.

Irene Cairo Chiarandini

On the basis of a clinical example, with the detailed process of one session, Braconier approaches the relationship between repetition and memory. A patient narrates a current traumatic event. The analyst associates to a past traumatic event that has been repeatedly evoked in the analysis and viewed by both analyst and analysand as central to the neurosis. In this instance, however, it is only the analyst who “remembers,” connecting that traumatic episode in the patient's past to the current one. The author addresses the relation between memory and repetition in the

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course of an analysis. What allows the functioning of memory to be different in the analyst? In the analytic process the patient possesses “episodic memory”—which refers to data in a given spatial/temporal content—while the analyst possesses “semantic memory”; that is, memory of facts, ideas, concepts, regardless of temporal spatial context. Why should this be so, when both the analyst and the analysand understand the importance of memory for the process of cure?

The author states that what forces the patient into the present is the actualization in the transference, the repetition in the here and now. The objective is to treat the clinical neuroses through the transference neuroses, so as to refer to the infantile neuroses. It is precisely transference that bridges these two types of memory. The weight of repetition of the infantile neuroses in the present can only be worked through by the transformation of the episodic memory of the patient to a semantic memory which the analyst makes possible through analysis of the transference situation.

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Article Citation

Chiarandini, I.C. (1996). Revista de Psicoanálisis.. Psychoanal. Q., 65:848-849

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