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Scarfone, D. (2006). A Matter of Time: Actual Time and the Production of the Past. Psychoanal Q., 75(3):807-834.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75(3):807-834

A Matter of Time: Actual Time and the Production of the Past

Dominique Scarfone, M.D.

In psychoanalytic theory, space metaphors are frequently used to describe the psychic apparatus. As for time, it is traditionally invoked under the heading of timelessness of the unconscious, more aptly described as the resistance of the repressed to wearing away with time. This paper examines how the insertion of time into psychic events and structural differentiation form a single process. After looking into the parallelism between phenomenological and psychoanalytic views of time and differentiation, the author draws a distinction between two time categories: chronological versus actual. A clinical example is presented.

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