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By Ruth Riesenberg-Malcolm, Priscilla Roth

On Bearing insufferable States of brain presents transparent counsel on how the analyst can motivate the sufferer to speak their frequently intolerably painful states of brain and the way to interpret those states, utilizing them as a foundation for perception and psychic switch within the sufferer. utilizing broad and special medical examples and addressing very important parts of Kleinian conception, Riesenberg-Malcolm examines the issues that underlie critical pathology and indicates how significant analytic paintings can ensue, inspite of very disturbed sufferers. Bearing insufferable States of brain could be an invaluable and functional advisor for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and all these operating in mental settings with critically disturbed sufferers.

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She met a man with whom she established a lasting relationship. This relationship, though not easy by any means, turned out to be solid and allowed her for the first time in her life to experience emotional and physical closeness. This was a source of great pleasure and security for her. As I learnt years after her analysis, this improvement was sustained and she developed further, especially in the use of her intellectual capacities. In her last dream in the analysis she dreamt that she was going back to visit Northern Ireland, but this time it felt different to her—she had a proper warm coat and a solid pair of walking shoes.

She remembered weddings in her home town, events to which her parents often had to go as part of their business, where they did not take her. She usually felt very curious and intensely resentful at being left out. She then THE MIRROR 23 spoke about her Aunt V, whom she saw when she went home for the holidays. Maria’s staying with her during the holidays went all right and she was helpful to the patient, but it was very bad when she left; she felt like running away and has been running away from herself ever since.

The second example shows what would happen should she be deprived of this means of projection; she would be exposed to the terror of being blind, trapped in an insane world with no way out. It is the eyes that create the visual image in The Mirror, into which she projects herself and becomes identified with (she ‘is’ or ‘is in’) each one of the participants. In The Fantasy the eyes play a similarly central role by ‘putting’ into The Mirror the participants and their activities. If she cannot use her eyes to be someone else, she is trapped with her own terrifying phantasies in her own mind.

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