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The roles of mental representations and mental processes in therapeutic action.

Fonagy, P; Moran, GS; Edgcumbe, R; Kennedy, H; Target, M; (1993) The roles of mental representations and mental processes in therapeutic action. Psychoanal Study Child , 48 pp. 9-48.

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Abstract

In this paper we describe two models of the psychoanalytic treatment of mental disturbance. The first describes the mechanism by which the patient is helped to recover threatening ideas and feelings which have been repudiated or distorted as a result of conflict and defense. The second points to the therapeutic effects of engaging previously inhibited mental processes within the psychoanalytic encounter. The two forms of therapeutic action imply two distinct means available to the individual to deal with psychological conflict. They highlight different aspects of the psychoanalytic process and technique in child and adult psychoanalysis.

Type: Article
Title: The roles of mental representations and mental processes in therapeutic action.
Location: United States
Keywords: Adult, Child, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Models, Psychological, Mother-Child Relations, Narcissism, Object Attachment, Psychoanalytic Theory, Psychoanalytic Therapy
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/134380
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