Journal title RICERCA PSICOANALITICA
Author/s Massimo Iannucci
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/1 Language Italian
Pages 12 P. 33-44 File size 64 KB
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Starting from Schlochower’s interpretation of the concept of holding in relational terms, the article tries to illustrate the potential of holding in promoting changes in the treatment of patients that are difficult to treat with traditional psychoanalytical tools. This seems possible when the analyst’s subjectivity is used to provide an emotional environment capable of creating the conditions for metaphorizing unexpressed experiences in a process of mutual regulation. A few situations are described where the patient is unable to use the analyst as a subject; situations where the analyst’s capacity for being available for the patient’s needs can proceed in different ways, as in Mark’s case when what is activated through holding is a process of detoxification of shame.
Keywords: Winnicott, holding, subjectivity, shame, mutual regulation, self-containment
Massimo Iannucci, Winnicott in translation: note sull’holding di Joyce Slochower in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 1/2015, pp 33-44, DOI: 10.3280/RPR2015-001003