The Privacy of the Self by Masud Khan

By Masud Khan

The privateness of the Self was once the 1st number of papers exhibiting the improvement of Masud Khan's pondering over twenty 5 years of scientific paintings. He used to be nurtured within the culture of Anna Freud, John Rickman and D.W. Winnicott, yet his contribution to psychoanalytic literature was once a particular and private one. What emerges from this publication is the typical and personal crystallization of his reviews together with his sufferers and teachers.

As he says in his preface: "Psychoanalysis is an incredibly deepest self-discipline of sensibility and talent. The perform of psychoanalysis multiplies this privateness right into a really good courting among individuals, who in the course of the very nature in their exclusivity with one another swap one another. first thing I desire to say approximately my paintings mentioned in those papers is that my sufferers have helped me turn into and customize my strength of proposal, affectivity and energy right into a lifestyle that i locate deeply pleasing. Had I one other occupation maybe my existence may were extra dramatic and sundry, yet on no account fuller. My relation with my sufferers has taught me the humility and necessity of the necessity of the opposite for one to be and turn into oneself."

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A n d t h e y t r y d e s p e r a t e l y w i t h a l l varieties o f b i z a r r e a n d p r i m i t i v e defence m e c h a n i s m s to bring this c h a r g e d analytic situation w i t h i n the range o f their o m n i p o t e n c e ( W i n n i c o t t , 1960a). T h e various n e w technical procedures, amendments, a n d innova­ tions t h a t h a v e b e e n offered d u r i n g the p a s t t h r e e d e c a d e s b y a n a l y s t s , w i t h v a r y i n g degrees o f c e r t a i n t y a n d a s s u r a n c e , h a v e a l l r e s u l t e d f r o m a n h o n e s t c l i n i c a l a t t e m p t to m e e t these c l i n i c a l states.

T h e manifest dream text coincides with the manifest analytic m a t e r i a l . . D r e a m - f o r m a t i o n is to b e c o m p a r e d w i t h ' a n a l y t i c ­ situation' formation. . Lewin, following Rank ( b u t j u d i c i o u s l y ) sees i n this regressive r e p e t i t i o n ' t h e d i r e c t e x p e r i e n c e o f the b a b y i n the n u r s i n g s i t u a t i o n ' . L e w i n p o i n t e d o u t , h o w e v e r (as h a d K r i s ) , t h a t ' a t t e n t i o n to t h e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n o f contents a n d t h e d r e a m w o r l d h a s d i s t r a c t e d u s , h e r e too, f r o m t h e p r o b l e m o f sleep a n d f r o m a c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f the a n a l y t i c s u b j e c t a s a f r a c t i o n a l d r e a m e r o r sleeper.

B y c r e d i t i n g t h a t i n t h e p a t i e n t ' s ego t h e r e w a s m o r e co-operativeness a v a i l a b l e for c u r e besides t h e w i s h to b e h y p n o t i z e d , a n d g u i d e d b y his observations i n self-analysis, h e created the a n a l y t i c situation w h e r e the patient through the analyst's help could become j u s t as r e c e p t i v e a s i n h i s sleep to d r e a m s o r as i n t h e h y p n o t i c state to t h e r e p r e s s e d c o n t e n t . e. w h e r e the patient w a s p u t to sleep i n o r d e r to ' d r e a m * a n d i n t h e final stages to b e w o k e n u p a n d be e n a b l e d to r e c a l l a n d r e m e m b e r 'the d r e a m ' o f the h y p ­ n o t i c state, i n t h e a l t e r e d a n d n e w a n a l y t i c s i t u a t i o n t h e a n a l y s t h e l p e d t h e p a t i e n t ' s c o n s c i o u s e g o i n its task o f r e c l a i m i n g t h e repressed a n d the unconscious.

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