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Ablon, S.L. (2014). What Child Analysis Can Teach Us about Psychoanalytic Technique. Psychoanal. St. Child, 68:211-224.

(2014). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 68:211-224

Clinical Contributions

What Child Analysis Can Teach Us about Psychoanalytic Technique

Steven Luria Ablon, M.D.

Child analysis has much to teach us about analytic technique. Children have an innate, developmentally driven sense of analytic process. Children in analysis underscore the importance of an understanding and belief in the therapeutic action of play, the provisional aspects of play, and that not all play will be understood. Each analysis requires learning a new play signature that is constantly reorganized. Child analysis emphasizes the emergence and integration of dissociated states, the negotiation of self-other relationships, the importance of co-creation, and the child's awareness of the analyst's sensibility. Child analysis highlights the robust nature of transference and how working through and repairing is related to the initiation of coordinated patterns of high predictability in the context of deep attachments. I will illustrate these and other ideas in the description of the analysis of a nine-year-old boy.

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