On the capacity to endure psychic pain

  title={On the capacity to endure psychic pain},
  author={Robbert S.G. Wille},
  journal={The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review},
  pages={23 - 30}
  • R. Wille
  • Published 1 January 2011
  • Psychology
  • The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review
Psychic pain, which is an unavoidable part of existence, derives from unconscious layers of the personality and is rooted in early, preverbal experiences, on the border between the somatic and the psychic. The comfort provided by the emotionally attuned mother is internalised by the child and constitutes the core of the capacity to endure psychic pain. Mature pleasure cannot be experienced without having known unpleasure. As the goals of psychoanalysis include experiencing psychic pain and… 
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