The Narration of Desire: Erotic Transferences and by Harriet Kimble Wrye

By Harriet Kimble Wrye

During this richly woven research of preoedipal erotic adventure, Harriet Kimble Wrye and Judith Welles specialize in sufferers for whom early mothering didn't maintain the flowering and next transformation of early erotic wish. Such sufferers stay below the sway of a primitive eroticism that's usually sadistic and continuously perverse. winning analytic paintings calls for accepting and containing the patient's primitive erotic wishes; reconstructing the mother-infant narratives that maintain those wishes; and mobilizing the patient's transformative wish to develop out of maternal eroticism to an grownup love of self and others.

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That love affair becomes the basis of lOving relations and all erotism after the separation-individuation phase and into the oedipal and postoedipal period. When we use the word "erotic" we are talking about the gamut of feelings- from tender, The Maternal Erotic Transference 35 sensual, and romantic to anal erotic, s;ldistic, aggressive, and masochistic-that stem from that original mother-baby bond. The feelings pertain to bodily contact and arise in the transference. Ours is the broadest possible view of maternal erotic transferences.

At the beginning of each session, Gillian would exclaim about the flower arrangements in the office. She was, in fact, something of a naturalist. I was astonished by Gillian's rage when I declined to accept the proffered rose. Gillian had never shown much passion before. As this event occurred early in my analytic career, I was Simply and perhaps dutifully follOwing the usual rule of abstinence, to explore the meaning of such an action rather than partiCipate in it. Both the gift offering and the patient's subsequent rage provoked enough worry in me that I began to put together pieces of observations I had made of other bodily centered events in Gillian's analysis and began a more thorough investigation of the transference and countertransference.

That statement echoes Schafer's conception of multiple histories, the creation of analytic narratives that are progressively refined in the analytic discourse. In a similar vein, Schafer (1976, 1978, 1980) insists that the analysand, like the analyst, must be viewed as a person; not as the repository or passive agent of events, or drives, or metapsychological structures and forces, but as one who actively (both mentally and physically) finds and makes the world in which he acts. In this sense, both analyst and analysand are active agents, authors of the patient's life histories.

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