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Memory and therapeutic action

Fonagy, P; Target, M; Allison, L; (2003) Memory and therapeutic action. Psyche , 57 (9-10) pp. 841-856.

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Abstract

One of the central pillars on which psychoanalytic treatment has traditionally rested is the major significance accorded to memory in the therapeutic process. But how can this cardinal feature of psychoanalytic identity be justified in the face of neuropsychological research revealing memory as a series of different systems and distinguishing between the content and the modes of remembrance? The authors' answer is that in fact it cannot be justified. Accordingly, they advocate a revision of our models of therapeutic action. Psychic change results not from the reversal of repression, but from intensive transference work and the active construction of a new way of experiencing »self with other«.

Type: Article
Title: Memory and therapeutic action
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1342527
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