'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Kaminer, Debbie en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Tomlinson, Mark en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Rod en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Mendel, Anya en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-31T19:56:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-31T19:56:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mendel, A. 2008. 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10771
dc.description Includes abstract. en_ZA
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 121-127). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The anaclitic relationship between psyche and soma is a basic premise of psychoanalytic thought, and is richly woven into classic and contemporary literature in this field. Yet there is limited work drawing together these disparate references, or focussing directly on the role of the body as anaclitic basis for the mind, particularly in relation to the reciprocal conditions of containment and traumatisation. This qualitative case study aims to explore the usefulness of this particularly body of psychoanalytic theory in making meaning of a two-year therapy process with a child who had been multiply maltreated. Clinical case material from this psycholanalytically-oriented therapy was analysed through the lens of the psychoanalytic literature reviewed. This analysis revealed four themes, which reflect the interplay between physical and psychic skins in the child's relationship to the maternal object (Theme 1) and in his sense of self (Theme 2), and the interaction between bodily and emotional digestion in his intake of goodness (Theme 3) and expulsion of badness (Theme 4). These findings point to the utility and robustness of this particular theoretical framework in understanding and integrating a large corpus of previously bewildering and disjointed case material with a multiply traumatised child. Implications for theory and for practice are indicated. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Clinical Psychology en_ZA
dc.title 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Mendel, A. (2008). <i>'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10771 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Mendel, Anya. <i>"'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10771 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Mendel A. 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10771 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Mendel, Anya AB - The anaclitic relationship between psyche and soma is a basic premise of psychoanalytic thought, and is richly woven into classic and contemporary literature in this field. Yet there is limited work drawing together these disparate references, or focussing directly on the role of the body as anaclitic basis for the mind, particularly in relation to the reciprocal conditions of containment and traumatisation. This qualitative case study aims to explore the usefulness of this particularly body of psychoanalytic theory in making meaning of a two-year therapy process with a child who had been multiply maltreated. Clinical case material from this psycholanalytically-oriented therapy was analysed through the lens of the psychoanalytic literature reviewed. This analysis revealed four themes, which reflect the interplay between physical and psychic skins in the child's relationship to the maternal object (Theme 1) and in his sense of self (Theme 2), and the interaction between bodily and emotional digestion in his intake of goodness (Theme 3) and expulsion of badness (Theme 4). These findings point to the utility and robustness of this particular theoretical framework in understanding and integrating a large corpus of previously bewildering and disjointed case material with a multiply traumatised child. Implications for theory and for practice are indicated. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment TI - 'Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words--' : a psychoanalytic case study of the role of the body in trauma and containment UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10771 ER - en_ZA


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