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Seeing in the dark: sensory deprivation, trauma, empathy
Journal Title: INTERAZIONI 
Author/s: Cristina Bonucci 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 80-92 FullText PDF:  320 KB
DOI:  10.3280/INT2011-001007
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This article describes the psychoanalytic treatment of a patient with sensory deficit (blindness) in the light of the integration of two separate models: the intersubjective perspective of Stolorow, Brandschaft, Atwood and Orange, and Bowlby’s attachment theory. It also refers to Bromberg’s thinking on the clinical role of dissociation. The aim of the paper is to show the emergence of the organizing principles, attachment styles and the expression of rigid defensive dissociation. The clinical approach of the case presented underscores the crucial role of the analyst’s sunjectivity and of the continuous and essential monitoring of her emotional experience in the complex interaction of the psychotherapeutic diad.
Keywords: Dissociation, trauma, sensory deficit

Cristina Bonucci, Seeing in the dark: sensory deprivation, trauma, empathy in "INTERAZIONI" 1/2011, pp. 80-92, DOI:10.3280/INT2011-001007


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