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Chapter Three - The Doctor and the Two World Wars: The Empty Child and the Doctor Dances

Slice ePub May 22, 2014
<p>This chapter discusses outstanding double episodes from the first and third series. <i>The Empty Child</i> and <i>The Doctor Dances</i>, the first episode to be written by Steven Moffat, are set in the London Blitz in 1941, and powerfully evoke the particular and often-recalled atmosphere of that period. <i>Human Nature</i> and <i>The Family of Blood</i>, written by Paul Cornell, are set in an English boarding school, in 1913, just before the outbreak of the Great War, and evoke the mentalities of an earlier English society, on the eve of a period of catastrophic destructiveness. These episodes are impressive in the ways in which they are permeated by the structures of feeling and by the significant patterns of relationship for which those periods are remembered. In the World War II episodes, a central focus is on the relationship between mother and child as a primordial emotional and social bond threatened by war, and needing to be repaired if recovery is to take place. This was the period in which psychoanalysis in Britain became most oriented towards relationships within families, and is one reason why these stories lend themselves to our psychoanalytically oriented attention to <i>Doctor Who.</i></p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/594198-the-inner-world-of-doctor-who-psychoanalytic-reflections-in-time-and-space">See more</a>

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Monkey Woman

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Slice PDF February 24, 2015

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Chapter Fifteen: The Primitive Superego of Mr. A: Sadistic Revenge Fantasies, Arousal and then Masochistic Remorse

Slice ePub May 22, 2014
<p> <i>CHAPTER FIFTEEN</i> </p><p>The primitive superego of Mr. A: sadistic revenge fantasies, arousal and then masochistic remorse</p><p> <i>Richard Reichbart</i> </p><p>It is hard to remember the feeling I had treating Mr. A fifteen years ago or to convey the texture of those early sessions. Mr. A could be tedious in the extreme and so consistently repetitive as to lead me to often roll my eyes as he lay on the couch. In fact, the beginnings of sessions for years were more or less the same with his stating in almost the exact same words how he did not want to be in treatment, how I was out to hurt him, how he could not possibly say anything new, how he wanted to leave. At the beginning of his treatment, the sessions would only be different after an obligatory forty minutes of this diatribe. Over years, the obligatory time was gradually reduced to half an hour, to fifteen minutes, to ten minutes, until eventually fourteen years into treatment, it would be only a sentence or two about how he was still not comfortable coming to see me. At the same time for years of early treatment, he was anxiety-provoking, frequently threatening suicide at the end of sessions (which at one early point led him to arrange a noose for himself in the basement of his parent's home, a basement to which he often retreated to stare for hours at the fish in the large fish tank which he tended there) and often begging me, pleading with me, to “let him go”, to just give up on him. I think I benefited from a certain naïveté: he was an early psychoanalytic case and I was overjoyed to have anyone on the couch. And despite what often struck more experienced psychoanalysts as something approaching psychosis about him (I was told by one analyst to whom I presented the case as a candidate that he was a “very sick” man and told repeatedly that he would make a poor control case), I found myself plodding along with him day after day, year after year, tedium after tedium, only to find years later somewhat to my own surprise that this marginal individual, this self-made outcast had fashioned a life for himself, married, become a loving if conflicted father to two children, and gained some understanding of his emotions and his fears.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/473323-battling-the-life-and-death-forces-of-sadomasochism-clinical-perspectives">See more</a>

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Slice ePub May 23, 2014
<p> <b>NEW WAYS OF BEING</b> </p><p>“<i>But how often do I have to repeat this! I get so incredibly sad every time you scold the children in that way. When will you learn to control yourself?</i>“</p><p>We recognize this situation <i>ad nauseam</i>. It is caused by a recurring frustration that results in a fight, which leaves us more at odds than the last time the situation surfaced.</p><p>Both partners are upset. One of the partners is distressed because of a sense of powerlessness stemming from not being able to get his or her point of view through to the other. The reason for the disappointment is also that it has not been possible to find a way to resolve the conflict. Hence, the situation repeats itself.</p><p>In this kind of situation it is helpful to consider the fact that frustrations can be understood as changes attempting to happen.</p><p>The basic structure of the Dialogue of Acknowledgement can be expanded to include a section on change in order to focus on the wish for change that is manifesting itself. A focus on change is an extremely useful tool in dialogue, since it can transform conflict into new ways of being with one another.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/232213-the-vibrant-relationship-a-handbook-for-couples-and-therapists">See more</a>

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Slice ePub May 15, 2014

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