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Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in by Stuart A. Pizer

By Stuart A. Pizer

In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer supplies much-needed attractiveness to the primary position of negotiation within the analytic dating and within the healing strategy. development on a Winnicottian standpoint that comprehends paradox because the situation for conserving an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox calls for an ongoing technique of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the artistic capability in the capability area of analysis.

Following cautious assessment of Winnicott's point of view on paradox-via the pairings of privateness and interrelatedness, isolation and interdependence, ruthlessness and difficulty, and the inspiration of transitional phenomena-Pizer locates those elemental paradoxes in the negotiations of an analytic procedure. jointly, he observes, analyst and sufferer negotiate the bounds, potentials, limits, tonalities, resistances, and meanings that ascertain the process their scientific discussion. Elaborating at the subject of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer offers a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental success regarding ways that caretakers functionality as "transitional mirrors." He then explores the impression of trauma and dissociation at the kid's skill to barter paradox and clarifies how negotiation of paradox differs from negotiation of conflict.  Pizer additionally broadens the scope of his research by way of turning to negotiation conception and practices within the disciplines of legislations, international relations, and dispute resolution.  

Enlivened via a variety of medical vignettes and a richly certain chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important size to theoretical realizing and medical perform. it's altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.

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Hearin him, I relented on the issue of readin s. " I lent him my copies to photocopy. I recommended that, at the library, he skip ahead and read some Winnicott. Donald4 reported to me that his readin of Tolpin, Kohut, and Winnicott be an to restore the hope he had first found in readin Miller. I am sure that my recommendin and lendin these readin s contributed to that new hope. In his readin of these authors, Donald found people who seemed to understand him and his needs. Perhaps there were such people in this world.

The analyst need not be tentative, sheepish, or apolo etic about offerin to the patient his squi le (other-than-me substance), whether it constitutes inevitable enactment, parallel re ression to primary process, or a necessary act of freedom to declare what the analyst holds to be a reality. The analyst does, however, remain consistently committed to an effort to brid e, within his or her own center of attention, positions of subjectivity and empathy, ima ination and observation, knowin and unknowin , expression and reflection, disciplined technique and authentic responsiveness: in short, the analyst maintains the practice of concerted self-analysis while participatin in the analytic dyad.

As I see it, the process of psychoanalysis may be conceived as an exchan e of "squi les" between adults without pencil and paper. By such an exchan e, mostly verbal, of marks and "remarks" offered in evocative and resonant sequence, analyst and patient become cocreators of a relational construction that represents and communicates a place of intersection of their separate experiences to ether over time. " Rather, analyst and patient, in their use of what Winnicott terms "explicit, indirect" communication—that is, lan ua e—become an intersubjective partnership for the collaborative creation of a shared culture of usable, and reusable, reverberative ima es.

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