It can then lead to heroic or special measures to accommodate patients – for example, through feeling forced, for the sake of the survival of the patient or the analysis, to adjust fees and technique (such as whether or not to interpret transference directly) or to adjust the setting by accepting telephone, Skype or face-to-face sessions.
es lonely pain that we thought analysts were experiencing as they were exposed to their patient’s behaviour or stories in session.
Pain in the analytic session, it seems, known or hidden, is experienced in many and varied ways – sometimes apparently paralysing the analytic process and sometimes becoming transformed to be used as an opportunity for progress.
We found ourselves thinking about how our patient’s most difficult early experiences (and the ways they are held back by how they survived in response to them) get into the sessions.
Is there common ground about how they can become transformed or not in psychoanalysis, or if not, what are the lines of divergence?
On the first Friday afternoon, we will attempt a spontaneous roundtable discussion between the moderators to talk about why we chose this theme and to open up what we think may be crucial about it.
We think recognising and differentiating when and how one is in pain and when and how the patient is feeling pain, may be crucial if analysts are to seize any opportunity there may be to transform pain into change.The workshops help to fund travel for the moderators to meet to discuss the workshops and we have been mulling over the issues and experiences.On Saturday afternoon, we will elaborate our thinking on some topics and hope to facilitate discussion in the groups by feeding back some of the core issues relevant to the theme.Pain seems to be around a lot in current discourse.Some psychoanalysts and their institutions are experiencing profound existential pain: at the institutional level, some think psychoanalysis is endangered because modern economic, social and emotional pressures are creating patients who do not fit classical descriptions so that practice and training needs to be much less “rigid”.This will also make your travel and accommodation more reasonable.