Transmitting What Happens in Psychoanalysis

Neville Symington writes:

Psychoanalysis is an experience that occurs between two people. It is a deep experience and can only be very inadequately communicated to another person. It is as impossible to convey the sense of it to another person as it is to explain to an eight-year-old child what it is like to be in love.

Reading this makes me think of the pass, the attempt to transmit something that has happened in one’s analysis that has brought the analysis to a conclusion.

Transmitting what has happening an analysis, and the subjective effects of what happened in analysis, is difficult. This is also why it is significant.

Neville Symington, The Analytic Experience (New York: St. Martin’s Press), 9.

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