Free bpf members only event
This paper chronicles the first years of therapy with a patient contending with both external and internal intrusive forces, leaving her struggling to form an authentic, thinking mind. I will show how Meltzer’s concepts of intrusive identification and claustrum phenomena have provided a crucial framework to help understand ‘Olivia’s’ internal system.
Meltzer initially used the term ‘massive projective identification’ to describe the excessive use of projective identification as Melanie Klein conceptualised it. He shifted to a qualitative view with the term ‘intrusive identification’– that is an omnipotent phantasy of forceful intrusion into an external or crucially an internal object in order to control it, and doing away with its ‘otherness’. The aggressive quality of the projections has a significant impact on the internal containing function. ‘The violent nature of intrusive identification destroys the container, the place for maternal alpha function. The container is now transformed into a claustrum, a rigid prison brought about by the intrusive process either of active penetration or of being sucked in’. The work with this patient demonstrates the severe impact of intrusive identification on internal object relations. It depicts the difficulties in trying to reach a patient whose inner world is rigidly encapsulated, so unlike maternal containment, ‘which wraps round and protects the baby, adjusting itself to its spatial and mental needs, and favouring creativity’.
7.30 - 8.00 meet and get a drink
8.00 - 9.30 presentation, interval and discussion
9.30 - 10.30 social time
All bpf members and trainees welcome. Bar will be open from 7.30-10.30pm
About the speaker
Tara Harrison is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and member of the PPA within the bpf. She is in private practice in London.
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Common Room and Bar, Omnibus, Old Clapham Library Building, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW
Nearest tube: Clapham Common (Northern Line)