Thinking and not being able to think

  • Alisa Hirschfeld
Keywords: Bion; thinking; truth; hatred; ‘facts of life’; confusion.


In this paper I draw on valuable perspectives from a range of psychoanalysts in the British psychoanalytic tradition to understand a particular transference-countertransference dynamic, namely one in which the therapist is rendered unable to think. I explore what makes the capacity to think possible and what gets in the way of thinking.

Author Biography

Alisa Hirschfeld

Alisa Hirschfeld is a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She trained at the London Centre for Psychotherapy and returned to New Zealand fourteen years ago. She has worked in private practice since then.

How to Cite
Hirschfeld, A. (2021). Thinking and not being able to think. Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 25(1), 35-44.