The Analytic Function: Female Dimension and Male Dimension

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Antonio Pérez-Sánchez
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1
Language Italian Pages 17 P. 91-107 File size 195 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2022-001007
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After reviewing the concept of analytic function according to various authors, a definition is proposed based on Bion’s model ♂↔♀ (container/contained). This model implies that in the analytic function there is a feminine dimension in continuous interaction with the masculine. Each dimension has a specific characteristic, which we would schematically represent as follows: for the feminine: ♀-receptivity; and for the masculine: ♂-penetrability. In order to perform his analytical function, the analyst should integrate both factors. Moreover, the interaction between container and containment (receptivity-penetrability) develops at different evolutionary levels, of which we would highlight two patterns: "mouth-nipple" and "vagina-penis". The first would be linked to the nourishing and psychic support function, while the second would be connected to the generative functions: understanding and insights. Although both are present throughout the analytic process, the respective proportions vary: a greater predominance of the first pattern at the beginning of the process, and of the second at later stages. Five one-week sessions are presented to illustrate the second aspect.

Keywords: Analytic function, masculine, feminine, model of container/contained, Bion

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Antonio Pérez-Sánchez, La funzione analitica: dimensione femminile e dimensione maschile in "PSICOANALISI" 1/2022, pp 91-107, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2022-001007