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Elise Sanders

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For Elise Sanders writing poems has been an organic outgrowth of her work as a psychoanalyst. Through poetry she is able to extend language and imagery to access the unconscious and facilitate transformation. She lives in Minnesota where she has had the opportunity to study writing at the Loft Literary Center, and work privately with poet Juliet Patterson. Elise has a private practice in Minneapolis, and is actively involved with the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Walking her dogs, gardening, and knitting give her a break from all her verbal pursuits!

Bellied in

tender luscious baby green

tiny crocus heads nod

neighborly daffodils skirt

lamppost legs

kick

sidewalks ebb and flow

around the boat basin pooling

at the feet of Alice

wondering in the rabbit hole

about the faint young sun

a pinch of breeze

just warm enough to embrace

and hold with anticipation

in strawberry fields forever.

holder of my delicate dreams, the rooms emptied,

except for echoes of memories in the chambers

a continuous round of families and friends

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CHAPTER TWO Greed

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CHAPTER TWO

Greed

I

t is to the gifted Greek storyteller of ancient times, Aesop (circa

620 BC), that we owe the eternally impressive tale of greed. Among the numerous fables told by him is this story of the farmer who found a goose that laid a golden egg each day. Initially jubilant at his good fortune, the farmer soon felt unable to wait twenty-four hours for the next egg to arrive. He imagined that the goose had hundreds of eggs inside her but was stingy in doling out the wealth. The farmer grew restless and wanted all the gold immediately. He cut the goose open but found no gold inside it. All that happened was that the goose died and the farmer lost the daily nugget of riches that was assured to him.

In this brief tale, Aesop elegantly addressed the coexistence of enormous hunger, impatience, inconsolability, a defective sense of empathy, and ingratitude towards one’s benefactors. It is this constellation of descriptive and dynamic features that are subsumed under the rubric of greed. Since greed—along with narcissism, paranoia, and discontent— constitutes an important feature of severe personality disorders and has an unmistakable impact upon their treatment, it is surprising that psychoanalytic literature has given inadequate attention to it.

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CHAPTER SEVEN. Talking about oneself

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Alan Skolnikoff

With our help, the analysand is able to face, to bear, even to react to, situations which formerly were too much for him in his state of isolation and helplessness to which he had had to surrender unconditionally, even surrender with pleasure.

—Sandor Ferenczi (1930a, p. 226)

As early as 1915, Freud observed that young and eager psychoanalysts would be tempted to reveal their own thoughts and feelings to their patients in order to help the patient divulge more about themselves. Freud damns this technique by saying that it achieves nothing towards uncovering what is unconscious in the patient. He recommends that the analyst show nothing to the patient except what is shown to him (Freud, 1915a). The analyst’s abstinence and anonymity motivates the development of the transference and leads the patient to do analytic work (Freud, 1915b). Exploring the development of Freud’s thinking, Schachter (1994) reports that Freud advanced his position on abstinence and anonymity in order to inhibit erotic longings for certain female patients—the patient’s charms posed a danger for the analyst who might, under the sway of passion, abandon technique and succumb to sexual desire (Freud, 1915b). Self-analysis alone could not guarantee control so severe rules of non disclosure and anonymity were instituted to protect the analytic enterprise.

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Sheri Hunt

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Sheri Hunt is an adult, adolescent and child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and is certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is on the faculty of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Her interest in writing and poetry led her to becoming a, editorial board member of The American Psychoanalyst. She has been editing its poetry column for over ten years. Dr. Hunt has had numerous publications ranging from medical topics to essays and poetry. Her inspirations include family life, her work, which deeply immerses her in the inner worlds of patients young, middle aged and old, and the mountains, islands and waterways of the Pacific Northwest.

You look sleep’s

Sheer, black glassy drop

Spit in its eye

And jump!

Like crossing a street

When it’s not your turn

And you feel air then steel

Whizz neatly by

In a single carbonized gasp.

A night’s sweated ice

Wakens you with a yell

Not sure where blankets end

And you begin.

But, it must have been

A helluva fight.

Purple mottled sky bruises

Where wet has left sugared marrings

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Eugene Mahon

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Eugene Mahon is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City, where he also has a private practice in adult and child psychoanalysis. He was born in the West of Ireland where the wind accents the human voice with its moaning and the human voice accents the wind in turn with its own music of defiance. This legacy, after a brief detour in Internal Medicine, pointed him inevitably toward psychoanalysis. When he’s not writing poetry or plays (on Freud, Shakespeare, Beckett, Bion) he is seriously engaged in the Art and Science of psychoanalysis in all its clinical, theoretical and applied manifestations. He has published many clinical articles on dreams, mourning, memory, play, working through, the dissolution of the Oedipus Complex as well as articles on Shakespeare, Coleridge, The Golden Section, Prejudice, Purgatory. He has published a fable entitled Rensal the Redbit (1960) and one of his poems Steeds of Darkness was set to music by the American composer Miriam Gideon.

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