The Work of Confluence: Listening and Working and by Madeleine Baranger

By Madeleine Baranger

"Willy and Madeleine Baranger, analysts of French foundation, who informed in Argentina, and who had a decisive function within the improvement of Uruguayan psychoanalysis, are of the main artistic and stimulating authors in Latin American psychoanalysis. between their many contributions, i want to say major techniques that could make clear the healing motion of psychoanalysis. Their techniques of the dynamic box and subconscious fable symbolize the convergence of assorted modern faculties of proposal, equivalent to the information of Kurt Lewin, Gestalt psychology and embellishments of rules first recommend through Klein, Isaacs, and Bion." -- Claudio Laks Eiznik, President of the IPA, from the Foreword

"With Baranger’s accrued papers, [the IPA] has the purpose of publishing and increasing the Baranger’s oeuvre to English language and, accordingly, to a broader spectrum of readers. those contributions symbolize a pioneering and anticipatory paintings of serious curiosity to the psychoanalytical international. Their proposals about the suggestion of psychoanalytic box, “basic subconscious fantasy”, bastion and perception, addresses the complete query of the analytic state of affairs and expect present debates." -- Leticia Glocer Fiorini from the sequence Foreword

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This means imposing on the patient our fantasy of cure and closing down his own possibility of a future. If these were the only forms of including the future dimension in interpretation, I would not even mention the problem. If we examine the analytic bipersonal situation carefully, we become aware of the prospective dimension and that it should be interpreted. To interpret is to act with the thought, on the symbolic level, to search for something in the future, and to include explicitly the temporal dimension.

These temporal depressive feelings appeared in a 22year-old woman patient in a fantasy of old age. She felt that her life was over, that she had no hope of ever experiencing love or maternity because “it was too late”. Paradoxically, she saw in single women fifteen years older than herself more possibilities of life and of having children. She saw herself in terms of wrinkles and the menopause. Time had stopped after her mother’s death a couple of years before, and she felt deeply guilty about it.

This insight, as we can see in the transference situation, gives rise to great mental pain and guilt when the depressive position is at its height. But it also brings about feelings of relief and hope, which in turn make it less difficult to reunite the two aspects of the object and of the self and to work through the depressive position. This love is based on the growing unconscious knowledge that the internal and external object is not as bad as it was felt to be in its split-off aspects. Through mitigation of hatred by love the object improves in the infant’s mind.

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