9-11/6/2017: Talking to Patients about Things They Don’t Want to Know.
The CCM Association Conference 2017
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June 2017
at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Academy (Vienna, Salzgries 16/3)
At some point or another most psychoanalysts believe it useful find ways to talk to their patients so that things the patient is unwilling or frightened to know become more apparent to them – terms like unconscious, splitting, repression, disavowal are often used to describe what patients do not know and/or how they go on not knowing. Buthow do we come to know what a patient is not aware they know? What sort of things do analysts think their patients do not know or are unwilling to know? How and why do analysts set about trying to make patients aware? What is working through, does it fit in here and how is it achieved?
In Vienna in 2016 we had three examples: a patient who couldn't bear to know he felt vulnerable, little and frightened or that these feelings make him behave in an omnipotent and controlling way; a patient who couldn’t bear to know how much he felt dependent on his analyst and a patient whose analyst thought her patient could not tolerate any interpretation about his relationship to his analyst and so felt this had become a "no go" area.
Clearly, how and what to interpret is central to psychoanalytic work and justifies further reflection. We will do this in the workshops and the meeting will also contain plenary sessions in which moderators will explore this topic further. We hope all present at the meeting will join in. If any participant wants to present or circulate a short paper they can also do so. Please contact us.