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Too Hot to Handle: Negotiating Suicidal Threats Within the Psychoanalytic F...

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250 West 57th Street, #501, NYC, NY (between Broadway and 8th Aves)

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Deborah Sherman, BC-DMT, LMHC Presenter
James Olgilvie, Ph.D. Discussant

Building on the foundation of the analyst’s dream, this writing traces a process of containmentthat comes into being. This containment is felt as a discovery between analyst and patient of mental space within which thoughts can be born and mind(s) develop. WR Bion’s ideas about states of being in which there seems to be no thinking mind present and Jose Bleger’s work on the use of the psychoanalytic frame, scaffold this paper about a treatment in which the analyst found a way to ”be with” the patient primarily through dream and a receptivity to the patient’s sensory communications. Eventually, there grows a capacity to witness, to bear and to think about the murderous forces which exist in the field of this treatment, forces that consistently threaten to destroy attempts at containment and at one point are expressed by the patient’s serious suicide attempt.

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