Inspired by her associations on cinema, history and literature, the Author examines the vicissitudes of the patient-analyst dyad in the analytic field. Particularly, she observes where and when an exchange of unconscious contents can take place along a virtual, ascending line which - starting from somatosensory or hallucinatory perceptions, i.e., the expression of undigested and unrepresented elements - flows into dreaming as a possibility to represent and symbolize. This thesis is ex-emplified by some clinical cases where the analyst "feels for" in a condition of "not knowing". In fact, beta elements - which irrupt into the analytic field under different forms and remain unknown to the pa-tient as well as to the analyst - produce a feeling of estrangement, be-cause they represent primitive mental states, which the analyst must contain within an intermediate area. In this area, neither action nor thinking is possible: containment and waiting are the only possible op-tions. In due time, this containment will foster recovery of the analyst’s alpha function and reactivation of the patient’s alpha function. The Author also explores the dimensional elements of the analytic field, indicating that field construction does not simply concern mutual intra-psychic processes, but it can expand to other subjects, for whatever reason involved, who can become part of the analytic process with their own unconscious contents.
Keywords: Unconscious, analytic field, dream, reverie, hallucinatory perception, beta elements, alpha function, asymmetry, symmetry.