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Problems of writing Psychoanalytically

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with writing and I find something quite problematic when it comes to writing anything psychoanalytic. This is something I've been worrying about for a while as the nature of writing takes on something of a A>B causal structure which to my mind is very un-psychoanalytic. I'm mostly thinking of academic or critical essays. I would like to write in a Bion inspired way. By Bionian writing I would like to be able to approach something more associative and consequently closer to waking dreamt thought. The linear causality of writing, particularly in an academic sense, is stifling and rather forced for me to adhere to. I've always struggled with the requirements of the written frame. I wish I could write closer to the way one speaks to another, more like nodal points from which associated networks emerge. I'm wondering if the blog structure with it's more fragmented format might be better suited to what I'm trying to find; something closer to the associative nature of the psychoanalytic encounter.

Another problem with writing and psychoanalysis is that writing is necessarily a solitary exercise. Psychoanalysis is dyadic, you think with another. I have always found my best thinking goes on with another person and perhaps as I move further into how best to construct this blog I might be able to tackle something more dyadic in the writing process. Thinking with another and the thoughts that are rendered up also present interesting questions to the provenance of thoughts and help dispel the myth of a de contextualised solitary thinker. I'm thinking now of Thomas Ogden who wrote a paper on the idea of intersubjectivity as it relates to the patient analyst dyad and the emergent of thought. He says something about how the countertransferential responses of the analyst consequently triggered by the patient in the session are not of a single origin ie. from the patient. Rather thought in that circumstance is something relational, a communication emerging from the patient which subsequently triggers something emotionally within the analyst. The dreamt analytic reviere that is then experienced in the session is not solely the property of the analyst but rather some kind of shared thought object that has been induced by the patient.

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