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This paper examines Ferenczi's contributions to the concepts of transference and countertransference, especially in the Clinical Diary, and the weight of these ideas in our present-day clinical work. Specifically emphasized are the circulation of archaic communication within the session, and the denial of countertransference as a re-traumatazing agent,… (More)
In this paper, I follow the evolution of the concept of trauma within psychoanalytic theory, and some of the effects of this evolution. Starting out from the point where Freud gives up the theory of trauma as the cause of neurosis in 1897, and the alleged reasons for such a change, I analyze the theoretical and clinical consequences of this change within… (More)
The paper presents some of the characteristics of the analytic process in an adolescent with homosexual behaviour. The technical peculiarities of this kind of treatment are compared with those of adult patients with similar pathologies. The difficulties arising from complex acting-out behaviour in which the family take an active part, the role of secrecy,… (More)
Disturbances of the analyst's attention and interferences in the interpretation process are correlated with narcissistic resistances (NR). Interpretation is considered, not only as verbal communication about the patient's unconscious contents, but also as the analyst's instrument to re-establish subject-object discrimination, altered by the archaic aspects… (More)
This paper describes narcissistic resistances, defining them on the basis of their effect on the mental processes involved in the analytic interaction. Based on the different resistance patterns observed, I describe two clinical configurations, here called 'autistic' and 'narcissistic' pattern, correlating their defensive mechanisms with their… (More)