Living the Non-Dream: An Examination of the Links Between Dreaming, Enactment, and Transformations in hallucinosis
by Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD
Bion developed a clinical theory of therapeutic action that asks the analyst to interact with and catalyze the patient’s ability to dream an emotionally real experience of himself. The intersubjective engagement that, at every moment, underpins the analytic experience generates moments of enactment that are necessary for the bringing to light and transformation of unrepresented states at the center of the patient’s problems. Decades of Bionian scholarship and practice around the concept of transformation in hallucinosis, and newer work on dreaming and non-dreaming states by Cassorla, can allow us to see the connective tissue between enactment and deeper layers of the mind involved in the capacity to think, dream, and be fully human. An understanding of these connections can help the analyst re-engage with his dreaming and symbolic capacity, hampered by the enactment, and bring to focus the undreamt dream at the center of the patient’s current anxiety.
The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89:4, 689-714, October 2020.
About the Author
Rodrigo Barahona, Psya. D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England (PINE), and a faculty member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Dr. Barahona is a board member of the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, and is an editorial associate for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Barahona regularly reviews Latin American and Spanish psychoanalytic literature. Click here to check out his other recent publications.
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