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By Judith L. Mitrani

Annotation an outline of 1 analyst's efforts to obtain and reply to the bright impressions of uncooked and infrequently unmentalized reviews, as highlighted within the healing dating. This booklet integrates the paintings of Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Tustin

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And these also] need to be differentiated from Winnicott's "{ransitional objects" which ... can facilitate ongoing psychological development. (p. 128] Gaddini (1969) understood this phantasy of fusion as "an attempt to gain a vicarious identity, magically acquired through [fusional] imitation" (p. 478), an idea vel)' much in keeping with Bick's description of the second skin as the resultant of an act of "mimicI)'. " She noticed that these patients behaved "as-if" they themselves were [heir loved objects.

Rosenfeld (1984), and H. A. Rosenfeld (1987). In the last decade several other authors have taken up Tustin's work to expao'd our understanding of certain personality organizations that impede developmem in our adult patients and consti[Ule an impenetrable resistance within the analytic relationship, leading to unresolvable impasse and interminable treatment. For example, Sidney K1ein (1980) described those patients who, despite (he appearance of progress in the analysis, remain umouched in some essential way due (0 encapsulating forces that cut the patient off from the analyst as well as the rest of the person· ality.

For example, murderous jealousy and paralyzing guilt experienced toward a child patient he had encountered in the waiting room led to the unearthing of a long-buried memory of a baby sister, Kathleen, who had died of pneumonia when Bill was 2 years old. Such memories would come in spurts, as though these moments in his history had leaked out in times of intense 38 A Framework for the Imaginary affect; then, just as quickly, these would be sealed off during subsequent weekend or holiday breaks in the treatmem, leaving us to contend with many mysterious gaps in his experience.

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