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Eigen, M. (2004). A Little Psyche-Music. Psychoanal. Dial., 14(1):119-130.

(2004). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 14(1):119-130

A Little Psyche-Music

Michael Eigen, Ph.D.

A basic rhythm of breakdown-recovery, with many offshoots and permutations, characterizes aspects of psychic life. This rhythm threads its way through Elkin's, Winnicott's, and Bion's work and plays an important role in the unconscious processing of affects. If this rhythm is damaged or jammed, affect processing goes awry. Dream work helps initiate affect processing, a kind of emotional digestion. If the dream work's rhythm of breakdown-recovery is damaged, one lives in a state of chronic emotional indigestion or starvation. Clinical work, including a child's dream of the World Trade Center disaster, illustrates the discussion.

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