The making of the "third ear". Psychoanalytic listening and internal setting in historical perspective - The contemporary, multi-lingual psychoanalytic culture is a complicated and pluralistic mix, which may prompt high levels of theoretical and technical confusion. The paper describes some of the experiences, made during the first decade of a psychoanalyst’s work, which have contributed to the construction of the Author’s way of listening and working. The so called "third ear" will be discussed, here, as a metaphor alluding to the psychoanalyst’s working models (combinations of theories and technique) and in particular to her/his internal setting. The approach chosen to describe this latter, will be historical in two different perspectives: conceptual and personal. The historical understanding of the psychoanalytic traditions is useful in balancing different theoretical perspectives and in avoiding the often complementary phenomena of getting lost on one hand, and of becoming closed and fanatic on the other. The second focus will be on the personal and never complete work that has to be done, in order to assimilate/elaborate other people’s ideas - the patients’ thoughts and phantasies, the teachers’ and supervisors’ perspectives and the colleagues’ and peers’ views and remarks.

Key words: psychoanalytic training, internal setting, group’s dynamics, third ear, gamma function, rêverie
Parole chiave: formazione analitica, setting interno, dinamiche gruppali, terzo orecchio, funzione gamma, rêverie.)" />
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La costruzione del "terzo orecchio" Ascolto psicoanalitico e setting interno dell’analista in una prospettiva storica
Journal Title: GRUPPI 
Author/s: Giovanni Foresti 
Year:  2008 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 11-26 FullText PDF:  651 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GRU2008-003002
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The making of the "third ear". Psychoanalytic listening and internal setting in historical perspective - The contemporary, multi-lingual psychoanalytic culture is a complicated and pluralistic mix, which may prompt high levels of theoretical and technical confusion. The paper describes some of the experiences, made during the first decade of a psychoanalyst’s work, which have contributed to the construction of the Author’s way of listening and working. The so called "third ear" will be discussed, here, as a metaphor alluding to the psychoanalyst’s working models (combinations of theories and technique) and in particular to her/his internal setting. The approach chosen to describe this latter, will be historical in two different perspectives: conceptual and personal. The historical understanding of the psychoanalytic traditions is useful in balancing different theoretical perspectives and in avoiding the often complementary phenomena of getting lost on one hand, and of becoming closed and fanatic on the other. The second focus will be on the personal and never complete work that has to be done, in order to assimilate/elaborate other people’s ideas - the patients’ thoughts and phantasies, the teachers’ and supervisors’ perspectives and the colleagues’ and peers’ views and remarks.

Key words: psychoanalytic training, internal setting, group’s dynamics, third ear, gamma function, rêverie
Parole chiave: formazione analitica, setting interno, dinamiche gruppali, terzo orecchio, funzione gamma, rêverie.

Giovanni Foresti, in "GRUPPI" 3/2008, pp. 11-26, DOI:10.3280/GRU2008-003002

   

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