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What does playing in analysis mean?
Author/s: Giuseppe Civitarese 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  23 Pg. 33-55 FullText PDF:  239 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSP2021-001003
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"Playing" in analysis has to do with a) listening to the discourse of the unconscious as if virtually everything reflected the dream of the couple or the analytic field, b) interpreting the process of analysis not as rectifying transference distortions but as promoting transformations, c) using a simple, direct and spontaneous style of conversation with the patient. In the new paradigm of psychoanalysis, which can be defined no longer as epistemic but as ontological, that is directed not so much to unveiling repressed contents as to promoting new psychic functions, the psychoanalysis of children, in which play has such an important place, serves as a model for the psychoanalysis of adults. The concepts of activity, vitality, intensity, curiosity, pleasure, exploration, spontaneity, openness, etc., become elements that ideally should be present in any analysis. In the game everything is fiction and it is played in two. Playing serves to make the mind grow through moments of emotional attunement (at-one-ment). Hence the need for the analyst to have up-to-date concepts in order to understand what is happening on the unconscious and shared level of the relationship.
Keywords: play, Bion, analytic field theory, transformation in play, at-onement, recognition.

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Giuseppe Civitarese, What does playing in analysis mean? in "PSICOTERAPIA PSICOANALITICA" 1/2021, pp. 33-55, DOI:10.3280/PSP2021-001003


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