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Repression, transference and reconstruction - Rejoinder to Harold Blum

Fonagy, P; (2003) Repression, transference and reconstruction - Rejoinder to Harold Blum. International Journal of Psychoanalysis , 84 503 - 509. 10.1516/RHV1-L7KE-G18B-VY6C.

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Abstract

The author's main disagreement with Harold Blum is over Blum's contention that symptomatic improvement is directly linked to the recovery of memories. The idea that memories are laid down in childhood and preserved until the time of their later recovery flies in the face of what we now understand as the creation of memories by the neurobiological systems underpinning this aspect of mental function. No evidence directly links symptomatic improvement to reconstruction and thus to outcome; care should be taken to avoid confusing co-occurrence with causality. While reconstruction of how things actually were in childhood can significantly contribute to therapeutic action, it is the process rather than the outcome of this reconstruction that is therapeutic, due to the opportunity thus afforded to rework current experiences in the context of other perspectives. The author clarifies his definition of transference to show some areas of agreement between his position and Blum's. He disusses contemporary neuroscientific views on memory and identifies a number of psychoanalytic writers who have used these productively.

Type: Article
Title: Repression, transference and reconstruction - Rejoinder to Harold Blum
DOI: 10.1516/RHV1-L7KE-G18B-VY6C
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1516/RHV1-L7KE-G18B-VY6C
Keywords: memory, therapeutic action, psychoanalysis and neuroscience, recovered memories, implicit memory, reconstruction, psychoanalysis, memory, psychotherapy, perspective
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/134277
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