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Peltz, R. (2020). Activating Lifeness in the Analytic Encounter: The Ground of Being in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Dial., 30(3):267-282.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3):267-282

Activating Lifeness in the Analytic Encounter: The Ground of Being in Psychoanalysis

Rachael Peltz, Ph.D.

My aim in this paper is to close in on the register of what James Wood calls “lifeness” in his writing about fiction. I maintain that such “lifeness” establishes the ground of being in psychoanalysis, which is itself the ground of vitalizing and critical contact-making. I will maintain that this focus represents a paradigm shift in psychoanalysis from an explanatory, causal to a more emergent and phenomenological perspective in which we enter into the field of the relationship, including all of its’ non-symbolic-embodied, pre-symbolic-descriptive and symbolic-representational dimensions. Only from this ground can we approach our patients’ more treacherous death haunts. I will offer clinical material from one analysis to illustrate what I mean.

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