By Graeme Galton

Out of all clinical and healing remedies, psychoanalysis is still one of many only a few that makes use of no actual touch. Sigmund Freud stopped utilizing the "pressure strategy" within the past due Eighteen Nineties, a method within which he could press frivolously on his patient's head whereas insisting that they be mindful forgotten occasions. this day, contact continues to be nearly non-existent in grownup psychoanalysis.

For the 1st time, this booklet explores the arguable factor of actual touch within the consulting room. The contributors—psychoanalysts and psychotherapists representing a various diversity of psychoanalytic viewpoints—focus at the subconscious meanings of contact, absence of contact, unwelcome contact, or "accidental" contact within the psychoanalytic medical state of affairs. there are many scientific vignettes and the discussions are grounded in scientific adventure, providing a variety of very diverse critiques in this much-neglected subject.

This is a e-book for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all readers attracted to this factor.

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Susie Orbach (2003a,b) emphasizes this point quite forcefully in her arguments to justify, if not to prescribe, the physical contact between patient and therapist. But oral experiences are also considered most important in the infant’s growing awareness of the other: so, how should we respond to a patient’s wish for oral contact with the analyst’s body? Research has now shown that the foetus is influenced by the mother’s heartbeats: if the patient wants to rest his/her head on our chest, should we oblige?

On the surgeon, who puts aside all his feelings . ” (Freud, 1912e, p. 115). However, he also says, . . I am well advised . . to call these rules ‘recommendations’ and not to claim any unconditional acceptance for them. The extraordinary diversity of the psychical constellations concerned . . oppose any mechanization of the technique . . a course of action that is as a rule justified may at times prove ineffective, whilst one that is usually mistaken may . . lead to the desired end. [Freud, 1913c, p.

The only example that caused general surprise was to learn that one of us left the analytic room first, letting the patient organize his/her things and find his/her way out. Needless to say, none of this would ever be known if it had not suddenly become the focus of a discussion. It would be quite fascinating to discover how each of our patients interpreted our behaviour! These rituals seem quite trivial, but this seminar remained a dramatic example that what happens between patient and analyst is only, exclusively, known by the two of them.

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