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Fountain, G. (2000). Body Psychology and Interpretative Methods. Reinhard Plassmann. Pp. 19-30.. Psychoanal Q., 69(1):188.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Body Psychology and Interpretative Methods. Reinhard Plassmann. Pp. 19-30.

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(1):188

Body Psychology and Interpretative Methods. Reinhard Plassmann. Pp. 19-30.

Gerard Fountain

In our attempts to approach the central conflicts of patients with psychosomatic disorders, we often observe states that can be described as “zones of cognitive destruction.” In these zones, the mental processes undergo qualitative changes, culminating in a “psychic crash.” There is a loss of language, symbolization, and psychic distance, accompanied by a parallel loss of a sense of time, ego awareness, and of the feeling of vitality. These states show us that the patient's original experience, which has not yet been worked through, contains not only elements of conflict, but is also associated, in the pathological zone, with destruction of the ability to symbolize. This paper describes how these states can be made the subject of therapy, which then aims to assist the patient in restoring his or her damaged thought processes. This is accomplished by using a language of interpretation involving interpretations of the second order, i.e., process interpretations. To provide a theoretical framework for this process, the terms “semiotic progression” and “semiotic regression” are introduced.

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Fountain, G. (2000). Body Psychology and Interpretative Methods.. Psychoanal. Q., 69(1):188

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