Remembering, Repeating and Working Through: The Impact of the Controversial Discussions

Robinson, Ken (2015) Remembering, Repeating and Working Through: The Impact of the Controversial Discussions. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 31 (1). pp. 69-84. ISSN 0265-9883

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Freud's recognition that what cannot be remembered may well be repeated in action is useful for understanding the trauma and aftermath of the Controversial Discussions. I shall be concentrating on disavowal, repeating, working through and remembering in the evolving context of the process of the impact of the Discussions. I suggest that we can distinguish three phases of the impact of the Discussions: the first a silence as if the Discussions constituted something too traumatic or too shameful to speak about; the second a phase of mutual influence between two or more groups which constitutes one form of working through, an attempt to integrate (with its opposite a concentration on irreconcilable differences); and third a further stage of working through which is closer to remembering, treating the Discussions as a historical point of reference in the service of sorting out clinical and conceptual problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 19-1-2015 ahead of print
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anna Freud; Controversial Discussions; Freud; Hampstead Clinic; Jones; Klein; Payne; Splitting; Trauma
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:50
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 17:27

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