p. 1058. Unconscious dramas
- Daniel Pick
‘Unconscious dramas’ considers the ideas of transference, counter-transference, and enactment. Technique in analysis has increasingly been modelled around the recognition and exploration of transference, which may be used too formulaically, or even abused. The term ‘counter-transference’ means the feelings or even behaviour unconsciously induced or amplified in an analyst by the actions of a particular patient. Enactment, or ‘actualization’, is used to describe those moments in analysis when something is unconsciously happening between the participants. It concludes with a summary of a case involving analyst Peter Giovacchini and an assessment by another analyst, Priscilla Roth, who proposes four levels of interpretation.