Getting From Here to There: Analytic Love, Analytic Process - Relational Perspectives Book Series by Sheldon Bach
Clinical work with the most difficult patients - those with narcissistic disorders, sadomasochistic disorders, and limits - represents the greatest challenge to the indicative assumptions of the therapist about the…
Getting From Here to There synopsis
Clinical work with the most difficult patients - those with narcissistic disorders, sadomasochistic disorders, and limits - represents the greatest challenge to the indicative assumptions of the therapist about the clinical process; In fact, such work often leads therapists to question beliefs and expectations that previously seemed intuitive. In getting from here to there: analytical love, the analytical process, Sheldon Bach explains the overall vision that guides him in working with these patients only.
In particular, it deals with the "attentive presence" through which the analyst influences a "meeting" with patients who advocate the latter's confidence in the analyst and in the therapeutic process. He writes about love - the patient's analyst and the patient's analyst - that emerge from this mutual trust and support the curative process. For Bach, analytical therapy aims to understand a person as the unity of mind and body that shows certain states of consciousness. This holistic view of treatment maintains a flexible clinical approach that enables the analyst to "meet" awareness states for inclusion in a system of which the analyst is a part.
Bach carefully explores the clinical issues involved in this tax process, including establishing and maintaining basic confidence; The presence of the patient or therapist in the mind of the other; And shifts between patient and therapist. He describes at length the exhausting and even moral struggles of conversion against conversion that engage in this type of analytical work.
All the time, Bach is guided by the conviction that working with patients with severe challenges promotes psychological development and increases the self-knowledge of both the patient and the analyst. It is admirably clear that the "mutual coexistence" of these treatments nurtures a kind of love between the patient and the analyst.
Moving from here to there not only records the clinical lessons learned by an unusually talented analyst; It also chronicles the psychoanalytic movement itself from the anatomy of love to component parts to an artificial perception of its vital role in the enlightened treatment of psychoanalysis.