No Such Thing As A Group In this post I will discuss in relation to the work of Wilfred Bion the proposition that just as Winnicott says: “There’s no such thing as a baby”, there is no such thing as a group. I will begin by exploring what Winnicott had in mind, in order to provide […]
I find it useful to think of shame as the experience we are left with when we reach out in distress to an expected source of comfort or containment only to have that source of comfort or containment reject us, either by turning away (neglect) or punishing us for having expressed our need (persecution). Then we are left not only with the original distress but also with the experience of being left rejected and uncontained in our distress.
The following article is from American Psychologist, Vol. 65. No.2, and is a review of a paper by Jonathan K. Shedler “The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,”. Jonathan K. Shedler PhD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Brings Lasting Benefits through Self-Knowledge WASHINGTON—Psychodynamic psychotherapy is effective for a wide range of mental health […]
I was reminded this evening (in one of the psychotherapy groups I conduct) how helpful I find Freud’s concept “Nachträglichkeit”. This is translated in the English Standard Edition as ‘Deferred Action” but Laplanche more helpfully translates it as “apres-coup” or “afterwardsness”.
Freud’s views on the nature of affect and the implications of Damasio’s view of the body/brain relation for this aspect of psychoanalysis.