All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Rod en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Valentini, Valentina en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-07T04:16:05Z
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dc.date.issued 1996 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Valentini, V. 1996. All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17546
dc.description Bibliography: pages 64-67. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation has attempted to illustrate by way of a cross-section of selected clinical material from particular phases in one long-term playtherapy, the relationship between the phenomenon of non-verbal and verbal attacks on the therapist, the therapeutic process and Bion's concept of projective identification. It is maintained that these attacks illustrate Bion's psychoanalytic thoughts concerning projective identification as a primitive mode of communication of unbearable feelings which cannot be tolerated, but at the same time unconsciously desire expression. Providing the theory for this is Bion's formulation of the container - contained model of early object relations and his explicit appreciation of the importance of the nurturing object, originally the mother and now the therapist, in helping the infant/child process their experience by making their thoughts thinkable, rather than remaining mindless to emotional experiences. How children communicate their experiences in therapy is frequently beyond words and can only be gauged by means of symbolic expressions, nonverbal responses, and primitive projective identification processes. The therapist's countertransference responses served as a core diagnostic tool for evaluating the nature of the child's communications. Furthermore countertransference responses, provided a valuable tool in dealing with, and containing, the concrete quality of these projective identifications by offering transformative experiences through meaningful interpretations. It is speculated that the repeated experience of the therapist remaining a repository for the child's projective identifications, in spite of the relentless attacks, played a major role in the gradual steps towards integrating the containing aspects of both the therapist as a modified figure and the therapeutic process. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Clinical Psychology en_ZA
dc.title All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy 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 MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Valentini, V. (1996). <i>All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17546 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Valentini, Valentina. <i>"All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17546 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Valentini V. All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Psychology, 1996 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17546 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Valentini, Valentina AB - This dissertation has attempted to illustrate by way of a cross-section of selected clinical material from particular phases in one long-term playtherapy, the relationship between the phenomenon of non-verbal and verbal attacks on the therapist, the therapeutic process and Bion's concept of projective identification. It is maintained that these attacks illustrate Bion's psychoanalytic thoughts concerning projective identification as a primitive mode of communication of unbearable feelings which cannot be tolerated, but at the same time unconsciously desire expression. Providing the theory for this is Bion's formulation of the container - contained model of early object relations and his explicit appreciation of the importance of the nurturing object, originally the mother and now the therapist, in helping the infant/child process their experience by making their thoughts thinkable, rather than remaining mindless to emotional experiences. How children communicate their experiences in therapy is frequently beyond words and can only be gauged by means of symbolic expressions, nonverbal responses, and primitive projective identification processes. The therapist's countertransference responses served as a core diagnostic tool for evaluating the nature of the child's communications. Furthermore countertransference responses, provided a valuable tool in dealing with, and containing, the concrete quality of these projective identifications by offering transformative experiences through meaningful interpretations. It is speculated that the repeated experience of the therapist remaining a repository for the child's projective identifications, in spite of the relentless attacks, played a major role in the gradual steps towards integrating the containing aspects of both the therapist as a modified figure and the therapeutic process. DA - 1996 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1996 T1 - All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy TI - All about 'attacks' and remaining 'mindless' to feelings - psychoanalytic reflections in playtherapy UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17546 ER - en_ZA


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