Thinking and not being able to think

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

Abstract

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.

Published
2021-10-02
How to Cite
Hirschfeld, A. (2021). Thinking and not being able to think. Ata: Journal of Psychotherapy Aotearoa New Zealand, 25(1), 35-44. https://doi.org/10.9791/ajpanz.2021.04