Reverie and Interpretation: Sensing Something Human by Thomas H. Ogden

By Thomas H. Ogden

In his 5th e-book Thomas Ogden, largely considered as the main profound and unique psychoanalytic author of this decade, explores the frontier of up to date psychoanalytic considering: the event of the analyst and sufferer within the dynamic interaction of subjectivity and intersubjectivity. A Jason Aronson publication

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S e x p e r i e n c e a n d w h a t was h a p p e n i n g in t h e a n a l y t i c h o u r . Usually, D r . 's r e v e r i e s w e r e s i m p l y n o t e d a n d were allowed to reverberate within h i m a n d w i t h i n m e as we l i s t e n e d t o t h e s u b s e q u e n t m a t e r i a l . W e s o m e t i m e s r e f e r r e d b a c k in o u r dis- 48 Reverie and Interpretation c u s s i o n s t o r e v e r i e s t h a t D r . F. h a d p r e s e n t e d i n consultation m e e t i n g s weeks o r m o n t h s earlier.

F. a s k e d t h e p a t i e n t for t h e n a m e of a r e s t a u r a n t that t h e patient h a d pare n t h e t i c a l l y m e n t i o n e d h a v i n g e n j o y e d t h e previo u s e v e n i n g . T h e analyst was well a w a r e t h a t t h e omission o f t h e detail (the n a m e o f t h e restaurant) very likely r e p r e s e n t e d a way o f t a n t a l i z i n g a n d e x c l u d i n g t h e analyst (a p r o j e c t i o n o f t h e p a t i e n t ' s c u r i o s i t y a n d f e e l i n g o f e x c l u s i o n f r o m t h e life o f t h e a n a l y s t ) .

H o w e v e r , a t t h e t i m e , D r . F. d e c i d e d t o ask ( p e r h a p s m o r e a c c u r a t e l y , f o u n d h i m s e l f a s k i n g ) f o r t h e detail' a b o u t w h i c h h e felt c u r i o u s while deferring exploration of t h e tantalizing effect of t h e o m i s s i o n of this p a r t i c u l a r d e t a i l . ) It s h o u l d b e e m p h a s i z e d t h a t w h i l e D r . F. a t t e m p t e d t o i n s u r e s p a c e i n t h e analysis f o r s p o n t a n e i t y a n d " f r e e d o m o f t h o u g h t , " h e by n o m e a n s t r e a t e d t h e analytic frame i n a cavalier m a n n e r — h o u r s w e r e b e g u n a n d e n d e d i n a t i m e l y way; casual conversation d i d n o t o c c u r b e t w e e n t h e waiting r o o m a n d t h e c o n s u l t i n g r o o m ; suggest i o n , r e a s s u r a n c e , e x h o r t a t i o n , a n d t h e like p l a y e d n o l a r g e r a p a r t i n this analysis t h a n in o t h e r s c o n d u c t e d by this c a r e f u l a n d t h o u g h t f u l analyst.

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