Performative and enactive features of psychoanalytic witnessing: the transference as the scene of address.

@article{Reis2009PerformativeAE,
  title={Performative and enactive features of psychoanalytic witnessing: the transference as the scene of address.},
  author={Bruce Reis},
  journal={The International journal of psycho-analysis},
  year={2009},
  volume={90 6},
  pages={
          1359-72
        }
}
This paper will attempt to broaden the conception of witnessing in analytic work with traumatized patients by extending the idea to incorporate the patient's developing and varied capacity for witnessing, as well as a witnessing that occurs within the analytic relationship itself. Actions occuring as part of traumatic repetition are understood to represent memory phenomena and are distinguised from dissociated self-state experience. These experiences are not therapeutically intended to be… CONTINUE READING
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