By Gilda De Simone
This e-book, past facing the theoretical and technical questions about the termination of study, supplies an image of the actual nature of the psychoanalytic treatment with regards to the treatments that experience come forth from psychoanalytic roots. The theoretical paintings is supported by way of wealthy scientific information.
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Perhaps the fatal THE C O N C L U D I N G PHASE OF ANALYSIS 37 disease was really the idea that this was not possible without acknowledging that times had changed. After some time, the date could be fixed, and the analysis concluded adequately (from later notes, in fact, it appeared that the patient was able to progress further). Thus, the analyst had let himself be caught within a state of dizziness, of numbness and fear for the patient, which prevented h i m from working through the double meaning of the expression "I shall shoot myself out".
Things are worrying because I don't know where they come from or where they are going . . the sensation of being jammed in, shelved i n one place, just a number . . too fixed a time and space, almost suffocating . . " P3: "Here everything is like a caricature—the pace, the set times. We could be in a temple with a Buddha who need not even speak. Basically everything can flow into an underground life parallel to the real life, and the two lives might never meet: a time and a space that govern TIME IN PSYCHOANALYSIS 17 themselves alone .
However, things are never quite so straightforward, as the vast amount of literature on the subject shows. I am convinced it is because of that "other meaning of the expression end of an analysis" that Freud mentions in the passage quoted. In fact the argument on technique has become an attempt to discover the best conditions for reaching the most satisfactory conclusion. THE CONCLUDING PHASE OF ANALYSIS 31 If we go over the literature once again, we note all the ques tions that come up most often: who is to decide the date of the last session and when, whether it is conceivable or even, i n certain cases, advisable, for the analyst or the patient to decide unilaterally; how far in advance the date should be fixed; whether from that moment we should make changes to the set ting, whether the analyst should change his attitude; and many more such questions.