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Before that concluding chapter, I, too, will have used that well-established concept in various places, for instance, in Chapter 4 on envy. I do believe, however, that it is best to view the reactions in question in another way. When in a neutral position, the analyst does best to consider these phenomena to be signs that analysands are trying to regulate the kinds and rates of change that they are undertaking. Sometimes analysands believe it necessary to back away from what they unconsciously experience as too risky for them at that moment.

Viewed in this light, this guilt is not so much borrowed as it is a joint achievement within the family. By becoming the “disappointing” one in the analytic transference, the analysand repeats the same pattern that Freud described in connection with superego analysis. IDEALIZED MEMORIES Idealized memories were mentioned earlier in this chapter in a passage on transference defense. ” In the present context, the analysand might set up fantasies of powerful nostalgia to contrast with painful feelings of disappointment in his or her current life.

Even to describe them was regarded as criticizing them. ” Thus, the analyst’s expressions of interest in Ted’s developmental history were most unwelcome, and for a long time any interventions designed simply to clarify the distinction between his objectifying his parents and his attacking them proved to be futile. For him, it was a step toward recognizing how disappointing they had been and his reactive rage and depression. It was later, after much of the story had been developed, that the many ways in which Ted’s parents had introduced painful disappointments into his life could be formulated.

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