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Bergmann, M.S. (2003). A Contribution to the Supervisory Panel. Psychoanal. Dial., 13(3):327-339.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13(3):327-339

A Contribution to the Supervisory Panel

Martin S. Bergmann

I maintain that every therapist operates out of a “philosophy of treatment” that is not always conscious. Every interpretation made or not made is rooted in such a philosophy. I then consider my own approach in 14 points. In the second part, two cases are discussed. The case of Frank's perversion is understood as a defensive identification with two parents, themselves perverts, and particularly a mother who stimulated his incestuous wishes by jointly looking at pornography. In Laura's case, the father's assuming maternal functions encouraged a permanent fixation at the oral level. In both cases, I argue in favor of a more encompassing interpretation than those made by the original authors.

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