“The Body as a Mode of Representation”
Freud and Ferenczi's work foreshadowed later clinical evidence suggesting that there are multiple modes of representation. Further clinical explorations (Klein, Issacs, Bion and Segal) into the processes of symbolization and the role of the body in expressing "memories in feelings" prepared us for the shift in psychoanalysis from a focus on wishes and conflicts to a focus on process and relationship within the here and now of the analytic session. The Botella's exploration of figureablity also emphasizes the role of the body in early primordial symbolization. All focus on the process of representation: unrepresented, re-presented and represented states.
This paper will provide clinical examples of the patient's communication via the body and the analyst's role in receiving that communication first in her body and then in her mind and aiding the patient in developing a capacity for increased symbolization and representation via language.
Scientific meetings are open to psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals interested in evolving psychoanalytic theory and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to clinical work with patients.
About the Presenter
Judy K. Eekhoff, PhD, FIPA is the Past-President of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She is an IPA certified training and supervising psychoanalyst and a licensed child psychologist. She has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, USA where she also teaches, writes, and consults. She is a full faculty member of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, of Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and of COR Northwest Family Development Center.