(2000). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 55:113-123
But yield who will to their ,
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future's sakes.
—Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”
To explore the concept of the “good hour” in I discuss an hour in the analysis of a six-and-a-half-year-old girl. Elements of this hour include a palpable , affective immediacy, surprise, and discovery, oscillating of , play, and verbalization, creative accessibility to , the , the , and a capacity to work with , , and . These qualities are similar to those described by Kris for adult analysis over forty years ago. The present hour, however, illustrates
greater emphasis on rather than , the of play in the analytic setting, and the transformative importance of the relationship. In addition, the hour highlights a greater focus on by and , the highly informative uses of the , and the co-creation of the .