The Body in the "here and now"

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Antonio Pérez-Sánchez
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2019/2
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 55-67 File size 177 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2019-002005
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If «the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego» (Freud), psychic life cannot be expressed without its participation. In this presentation, attention is focused on the bodily manifestations in the "here and now" of the analytic session, resulting from the interaction between patient and analyst. Two sessions are described in detail corresponding to two patients, whose bodily expressions are different. In one, through visceral sensations, and in the other, through the involvement of the skeletal muscles. The aim of the paper is double. First, to illustrate how, in order to understand the patient through the interaction between patient and analyst (mainly transference and countertransference) it is unavoidable to take into account bodily manifesta-tions; and secondly, to raise the question of whether different kinds of bodily expression mean different degrees of psychopathology or if the nature of splitting, pathological or not, is more important.

Keywords: Body, "here and now", psychopathology, excision, analytical session

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Antonio Pérez-Sánchez, Il corpo nel "qui ed ora" in "PSICOANALISI" 2/2019, pp 55-67, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2019-002005