By Stuart A. Pizer
In Building Bridges, Stuart A. Pizer offers much-needed popularity to the critical position of negotiation within the analytic courting and within the healing technique. construction on a Winnicottian standpoint that comprehends paradox because the for retaining an intrapsychic and relational "potential space," Pizer explores how the straddling of paradox calls for an ongoing technique of negotiation and demonstrates how such negotiation articulates the inventive strength in the capability house of analysis.
Following cautious evaluate of Winnicott's point of view on paradox-via the pairings of privateness and interrelatedness, isolation and interdependence, ruthlessness and hindrance, and the inspiration of transitional phenomena-Pizer locates those elemental paradoxes in the negotiations of an analytic procedure. jointly, he observes, analyst and sufferer negotiate the limits, potentials, limits, tonalities, resistances, and meanings that confirm the process their medical discussion. Elaborating at the subject matter of a multiply constituted, "distributed" self, Pizer offers a version for the tolerance of paradox as a developmental success concerning ways that caretakers functionality as "transitional mirrors." He then explores the impression of trauma and dissociation at the kid's skill to barter paradox and clarifies how negotiation of paradox differs from negotiation of conflict. Pizer additionally broadens the scope of his examine via turning to negotiation thought and practices within the disciplines of legislations, international relations, and dispute resolution.
Enlivened by way of various scientific vignettes and a richly distinct chronicle of an analytic case from its earliest negotiations to termination, Building Bridges provides an important measurement to theoretical knowing and medical perform. it truly is altogether a psychoanalytic paintings of our time.
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I su ested that he understandably needed to be able to protest in some form. Interspersed with this material was Donald's redoubled protest toward me. Why had I so ri idly refused at first to recommend readin s? Why had I not spoken more words of affirmation and encoura ement? If I had doubted the prospects of a successful treatment, why did I not have the inte rity to refer him on to someone else? Further, Donald protested, "Why didn't you understand the time I stopped usin deodorant a ain? You called it an er.
Rather, it was a direct ne otiation necessitated by our time constraints that happened to strike him with metaphorical si nificance. Copyrighted Material The Negotiation of Paradox in the Analytic Process • 17 While this moment between us felt potentially pivotal, it clearly did not pass a noticeable ma ic wand over our work. On my return from vacation, Donald continued to flounder in his efforts to find a way to feel that he was usin our r e l a t i o n s h i p . He expressed frustration over not knowin what to say, not knowin how therapy works.
At times I withdrew into my own reciprocal detachment. Donald initiated a new ritual. At the end of our meetin , as he walked to the door, he turned and looked back at me, and, as we held a moment's eye contact, he nodded. I found myself noddin reciprocally. Once be un, this ritual became our invariant pattern of leave-takin at the end of each session. I would wait for Donald to reach the doorway, he would turn, our eyes would meet and hold contact, and, usually with a smile and a nod, he would be out the door.