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Rizzuto, A. (2003). Psychoanalysis: The Transformation of the Subject by the Spoken Word. Psychoanal Q., 72(2):287-323.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72(2):287-323

Psychoanalysis: The Transformation of the Subject by the Spoken Word

Ana-María Rizzuto, M.D.

Psychoanalysis recruits the power of the spoken word to modify the subject's relationship with his or her own unconscious psychic processes. It helps the analysand to reclaim for his or her words the psychic integrity that was lost or never achieved due to the power of defensive dissociation and repression. The psychoanalytic dialogue and the working through mediated by it lead to the elaboration of self-narratives and interpretive understandings, which contribute to the transformation of the subject's self-experience. Such transformation is conditioned by earlier integration of experiences of satisfaction in the context of bodily dialogues and speech with primary objects.

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