Thursday, 10 August 2000

From "Weighty Objects"

By Joel Whitebook.

[...] regarding psychoanalysis itself, without a concept of the analyst's sublimation [...] one cannot explain how, given its origins in unconscious instinctual life, his or her analyzing activity surpasses the products of the analyst's drives and unconscious to any significant degree. If it did not, the activity of analyzing would, in principle, be indistinguishable from -- and therefore be swallowed up by -- its object domain. We would be confronted with a form of biological monism or monistic materialism in which the ego of the analyst was simply one natural object among many [...]

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