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Aspects of Enactment

“First, there is no real discontinuity between speech and action. Secondly, “acting-in” the transference is not something that occurs intermittently at times of distress. It is a semiotic dimension. It goes on continually, and the relationship between the patient and the therapist is played out, over time, in a patterned, structured way. This discourse of action is isomorphic with whatever the patient…

Is it your personality, or a disorder?

Psychological diagnoses offer an easy way in to understanding character – but our habit of using them comes at a cost Lucy Foulkes  Illustration by Elia Barbieri Illustration: Elia Barbieri/The Guardian It takes around 30 seconds to diagnose Holden Caulfield. Sixty, maybe, if you look at more than one website. The unhappy protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye has post-traumatic…

“…it was Levenson who first understood that continuous mutual unconscious influence necessarily implies mutual enactment. Do I seem to credit him too much? I don’t think so. In 1972, the original publication date of The Fallacy of Understanding, and for years thereafter, there was simply nothing else available on the subject. Jacobs (1991) actually was the person who introduced the word enactment…

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