Scientific Meeting: Wednesday October 12, 2022
Presenter: Mehr-Afarin Kohan, M.D., FRCPC
About this Presentation:
Psychoanalysis has been conceptualized by some as a metaphorical process in which the analyst and analysand take on many different roles within the frame of the analysis, while maintaining an awareness of the playful nature of their interaction. Taking part in such theatre, however, requires an ability for play and imagination by both parties. In this paper, I explore a clinical case in which such ability for imagination appeared foreclosed and saturated by past trauma, stereotyped narratives, and prescribed religious mythology, making it very difﬁcult to establish a therapeutic process. I use this example to compare how different schools of analytic thought may deal with this kind of situation and to offer my own way of thinking about it, which is more in line with relational theories. Furthermore, I explore how the power relations pre-existing the analytic ﬁeld cannot be overlooked in such cases where the patient belongs to an oppressed group in society and empowerment becomes an integral part of creating a sense of self-worth and vitality for the individual.
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