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Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Ownership: An Effort at Resolution

Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Ownership: An Effort at Resolution

Chapter:
(p.83) Chapter Eight Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Problem of Ownership: An Effort at Resolution
Source:
Moral Stealth
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226301365.003.0009

Ownership implies property, something that one has or holds. The powerful feeling of having something, or indeed someone, belong to you, and the equally potent feeling that comes from belonging to another individual or group, make the idea of ownership amenable to the tools and theories of a discipline devoted primarily to the mind. The relevance of such a study would reside in the arena of a better understanding of the meaning of ownership. What may seem at first to be a wide detour around the present question may in fact aid in finding a solution. The detour begins with the recognition that psychoanalysts from Sigmund Freud to the present live with the legacy of naive realism. Freud was convinced that we lived both in an internal world, which he called the psyche, and an external world out there, outside of our skin. This chapter, which examines the problem of ownership in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, discusses the range of owning that covers location, transference and countertransference, possession, and agency.

Keywords:   ownership, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psyche, realism, location, transference, countertransference, possession, agency

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