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A metasynthesis of published case studies through Lacan's l‐schema: Transference in perversion

Willemsen, Jochem and Inslegers, Ruth and Meganck, Reitske and Geerardyn, Filip and Desmet, Mattias and Vanheule, Stijn (2015) 'A metasynthesis of published case studies through Lacan's l‐schema: Transference in perversion.' The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 96 (3). pp. 773-795. ISSN 0020-7578

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Transference in perversion is characterized by specific problems such as a defiant and polemic attitude, erotic transference, projections, and aggression. Such transference poses particular problems in the treatment of perversion and might render analytical work with these patients impossible. The authors propose that Lacan's L-schema can contribute to separating productive from counterproductive aspects of transference as it distinguishes between an Imaginary and a Symbolic dimension in transference. In this meta-synthesis of 11 published case studies on sexual perversion, patterns of transference are analysed. On the Imaginary dimension, the authors found that patients with perversion tend to (un)consciously engage the analyst in a relationship characterized by identification, fusion and rivalry. On the Symbolic dimension, they found that perverse patients are able to question their motives, lapses, symptoms, and subjective identity. The thematic analysis revealed the importance of the position of the analyst in this work, which is described within the L-schema as being the representative of the otherness in the Other. Implications for clinical practice and recommendations for further research are outlined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: transference; perversion; Lacan; L-schema; Imaginary; Symbolic; case study; metasynthesis; qualitative research
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 11:52
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 18:49

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