By Christopher Bollas
Bollas eloquently argues for a go back to our figuring out of ways Freudian psychoanalysis works subconscious to subconscious. Failure to stick to Freud's simple assumptions approximately psychoanalytical listening has led to the abandonment of looking for "the common sense of series" which Freud considered as the first method we show subconscious pondering. In vast interviews and follow-up essays, all taking place in 2006, we keep on with Christopher Bollas exploring his most up-to-date and radical problem to modern psychoanalysis. The Freudian Moment, Bollas argues, realizes a phylogenetic preconception that has existed for tens of millions of years. the discovery of psychoanalysis realizes this preconception and institutes a profound breakthrough in human relations.
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As you know, in his “Recommendations to physicians practising psycho-analysis” (1912e), he identiﬁed the type of unconscious thought needed to listen to the patient in the state of evenly suspended attentiveness. He wrote: “To put it in a formula: he must turn his own unconscious like a receptive organ towards the transmitting unconscious of the patient. He must adjust himself to the patient as a telephone receiver is adjusted to the transmitting microphone” (pp. 115–116). And he proceeds to discuss how “the receiver” works.
Of course, the map I have drawn is only a didactic tool, because any psychic map would be very different. Imagine a patient for whom the word “jazz” linked to agitated oral sexual life, that “festival” evoked the image of a huge feast, that “resort” evoked the sorting centre of a post ofﬁce, so the point of convergence would be a different map. It might condense into an image of a post ofﬁce in Rio. That could be a dream image for the night. Or it could be a free association in the session. Or if he were a novelist it could be the ﬁrst lines of a novel.
Certain sonic emphases will, however, be dynamically significant enough to strike us. Setting aside for the moment a person’s character speech (that is the signature of their voice) all individuals articulate unconscious meanings along these lines. VB: You seem to be searching for ways to identify unconscious forms of thought. CB: Yes, let us continue to think about the human voice and vocal dynamics. Take stress. It may seem deceptively simple, but the stress we place on words in a phrase tells us something other than what is conveyed by the deﬁnition of the word.
The Freudian moment by Christopher Bollas