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

By Stuart A. Pizer

In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer provides much-needed acceptance to the principal position of negotiation within the analytic dating and within the healing technique. construction on a Winnicottian point of view that comprehends paradox because the for retaining 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 house 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 main issue, and the thought 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 confirm the process their medical discussion. Elaborating at the subject matter of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer provides a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental fulfillment on the topic of ways that caretakers functionality as "transitional mirrors." He then explores the effect 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 concept and practices within the disciplines of legislation, international relations, and dispute resolution.  

Enlivened through various medical vignettes and a richly precise chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important measurement to theoretical realizing and scientific perform. it's altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.

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Or the au e of neutrality is whether the analyst's silence is a nonne otiable stance imposin barrenness or lack of affect between analyst and patient; whether an enactment has violated or destroyed potential space by collapsin paradox with the intrusion of the analyst's all-too-concrete substance, which is neither created nor found, but inflicted; whether an interpretation, like a squi le, mana es to evoke, clarify, or connect while preservin paradox, and does not foreclose the patient's freedom of response and personal construction, within a ran e of what Modell (1990) calls the "multiple levels of reality" in the transference.

His father died before he was two. His mother, livin next door to her own capricious mother, related to Donald on the basis of her own whims and needs in an invasive and controllin way. She did not permit him vi orous physical activity; bike ridin was banned because of her inordinate worry about his con enital orthopedic problem. Donald retreated into science fiction. There was no family member with whom Donald could share his precocious intellectual interests. Donald did enjoy one stable and reliable relationship with his maternal randfather, a modest man who worked double shifts but, nevertheless, maintained a beni n and consistent interest in Donald when he was at home.

The analyst's indul ence in authoritative interpretation—explainin the patient to himself and teachin the patient who he is—may be viewed, in its concretization of lan ua e and coercive power, as a variant of the analyst's projective identifications and a violation of potential space as well as of the patient's core self. This is why I prefer to think of the analyst "squi lin " with a patient rather than mirrorin the patient. Unlike Schwaber (1992), I do not believe that we can empathically know an analysand by listenin from his or her perspective; we can only empathically ima ine this other person as we straddle the space between our perspectives, honorin the paradox of our simultaneous separateness and relatedness.

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