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SONGS IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE OR “GILDING THE PHILOSOPHIC PILL”

SONGS IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE OR “GILDING THE PHILOSOPHIC PILL” Songs that interrupt the psychoanalytic psychotherapist’s countertransference reverie are invariably relevant and potentially useful. Like any other countertransference “presence,” songs accompanying the narrative may contribute to understanding both patient and analytic process. Taking their intrusive, fecund, pesky presence one step further, song lyrics may be used as metaphor-saturated interventions, helping reach the well-defended patient. Five brief vignettes illustrate the process. Because we must learn to tolerate ordinary unhappiness, Blues music, a carrier of preconscious mythic themes (love and work), may prove especially useful, helping the patient indirectly embrace everyday wisdom, endure hard times, universalize misery, and see ourselves in the roomy mirror of metaphor. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

SONGS IN THE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE OR “GILDING THE PHILOSOPHIC PILL”

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1057/s11231-017-9090-9
pmid
28555085
Publisher site
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Abstract

Songs that interrupt the psychoanalytic psychotherapist’s countertransference reverie are invariably relevant and potentially useful. Like any other countertransference “presence,” songs accompanying the narrative may contribute to understanding both patient and analytic process. Taking their intrusive, fecund, pesky presence one step further, song lyrics may be used as metaphor-saturated interventions, helping reach the well-defended patient. Five brief vignettes illustrate the process. Because we must learn to tolerate ordinary unhappiness, Blues music, a carrier of preconscious mythic themes (love and work), may prove especially useful, helping the patient indirectly embrace everyday wisdom, endure hard times, universalize misery, and see ourselves in the roomy mirror of metaphor.

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: May 29, 2017

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