By Stuart A. Pizer
In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer supplies much-needed acceptance to the primary function of negotiation within the analytic dating and within the healing approach. construction on a Winnicottian point of view that comprehends paradox because the situation 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 inventive capability in the power area of analysis.
Following cautious overview of Winnicott's standpoint on paradox-via the pairings of privateness and interrelatedness, isolation and interdependence, ruthlessness and challenge, and the idea of transitional phenomena-Pizer locates those elemental paradoxes in the negotiations of an analytic strategy. jointly, he observes, analyst and sufferer negotiate the bounds, potentials, limits, tonalities, resistances, and meanings that ensure the process their scientific discussion. Elaborating at the topic of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer provides a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental success regarding 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 means of turning to negotiation thought and practices within the disciplines of legislation, international relations, and dispute resolution.
Enlivened by means of various scientific vignettes and a richly specific chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important size to theoretical realizing and scientific perform. it truly is altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.
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As he placed his bare feet on the couch, he said he had no clean laundry at home, no socks, and also no heat. " I told him that this reminded me of what he'd told me about his foot (which, because of a con enital orthopedic anomaly, had been operated on several times before he was five years old). Althou h Donald had mentioned this before, he now for the first time recollected in vivid detail his feelin s of shame and fear that somethin was terribly wron with his body and how no one had helped him to bear or to make sense of his painful feelin s .
The Negotiation of Paradox in the Analytic Process • 7 and construct mutually useful metaphors. When Winnicott shifts the scene to the analytic process, he writes, "Here there is dan er if the analyst interprets instead of waitin for the patient to creatively discover" (p. 189). Winnicott is referrin to the crucial importance of the ne otiation of meanin between analyst and patient, throu h lin uistic approximations and with an attitude of joint creation and a sensitivity to mutual re ulation. As I see it, the process of psychoanalysis may be conceived as an exchan e of "squi les" between adults without pencil and paper.
I returned from my next July vacation to face a new threshold in our therapy. Herequired to know whether I cared about him. Was my interest real? Was I merely practicin my technique with him? Is his participation real, or was 4 As I write this narrative, a realization flashes on me. Why had I, over the past two days of siftin throu h my notes and synthesizin this clinical material, chosen for my patient the pseudonym of Donald? When I had thou ht of it, it had felt just ri ht. But my only referents were Donald Trump, Donald Duck, and my next-door nei hbor.
Building Bridges: The Negotiation of Paradox in Psychoanalysis by Stuart A. Pizer