By Jean-Michel Quinodoz
Winner of the 2010 Sigourney Award! Psychoanalysts might argue that on the root of tension approximately loneliness, which usually brings humans into research, lies nervousness approximately separation, unresolved when you consider that early life. while re-experienced in research, the painful understanding of solitude - the experience of being a separate individual - can develop into a wealthy resource of private creativity. within the Taming of Solitude, Jean-Michel Quinodoz brings jointly the perspectives of Freud, Klein, Hanna Segal, W.R.D. Fairbairn, D.W. Winnicott, Anna Freud, Margaret Mahler, Heinz Kohut, John Bowlby and others, proposing a complete method of the event of loneliness, a common phenomenon that are saw in way of life and in any healing scenario. Written with readability and perception, The Taming of Solitude might be of significant curiosity to all psychoanalysts and therapists.
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We must therefore always ask ourselves which particular factors are involved in each individual situation. Let us consider the example of a situation which recurred frequently in this analysis, when Olivia would suddenly take an interest in a sick person and exhaust herself in looking after someone else to the point of forgetting herself—something that would occur for the period of a weekend. The transference significance of this activity was evident from the fact that Olivia had suddenly displaced the interest hitherto concentrated on the transference relationship on to someone she had not known on the previous day.
In my view, in referring to a ‘flattening of the Freudian doctrine’ on this point (1980:144), Laplanche goes too far in his criticism of certain ambiguities which are admittedly present in Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety. Like many psychoanalysts today, I personally believe that Freud was seeking in this new theory of anxiety to assign different meanings to phantasies of separation and object-loss—meanings which differ according to the predominant sensations and bodily and mental experiences of infantile development and which give rise to phantasies.
Olivia would also find that she was unable to sleep, or else she would sleep excessively, these sleep disorders being correlated with breaks in the sessions. I remember, too, that Olivia more than once fell ill on the first day of my absence, and had herself looked after by her family until the eve of our reunion. On that day, Olivia would come along ‘cured’, without herself being aware of this coincidence, although to my mind it was highly significant; for a long time it was impossible for her to imagine that all this might have any transference significance at all, but very gradually she did become conscious of it.