Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse: Band 73: Fall und Form. Zur Ästhetik der Falldarstellung

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This volume of the ›Jahrbuch‹ addresses the issue of the different ways in which analysts give an account of their treatments and put them forward for discussion. The case vignette is widely accepted as a form of scientific documentation of qualitative data, especially of rela-tionship data. The thematic focus of the ›Jahrbuch‹, however, will not be on the issue of scientific status but on the aesthetic dimension of the psychoanalytical case vignette. By what means does the psychoanalytical case vignette attempt to do justice to its specific subject, the unconscious dynamic of an analytical process?

Thus psychoanalytical case vignettes work with narrative, condensing, metaphorising elements, organising the time structure of what is experienced, using verbatim notes of the sessions, selecting typical or unique sequences in the course of treatment. The presented case is never just documentation; it is always a construction and ultimately a fiction. On the basis of materials, a context, a process, a course are construed which may follow different patterns (e.g. »development«, e.g. »oscillating«, e.g. »turning points«). This presents not least the way the analyst conceptualises the treatment, which explicit and implicit theories he employs.

The psychodynamic of the analytical encounter, from the initial contact, mostly by telephone, to the last word of the written version, subsequently undergoes constant modification. A good case vignette makes the recipient feel something of this dynamic. Along which ways has what was heard and experienced been transformed into writing?

Has the enhanced perception of intersubjective unconscious processes and enactments changed something in the form of the case vignettes?

How in each individual case do form and content and how does the singularity of what is experienced and communicable relate to each other? Would we not have to invent a new form for each patient, each treatment, each analyst? Or would that affect the ability to compare, to discuss and to assess? Do the diverse analytical schools differ in the way they present case material?



Charles Mendes de Leon: Die psychoanalytische Fallgeschichte – ein Fragment

- Sebastian Leikert: Im Geäder der Worte, Transfusion einer sensiblen Substanz – Zur Struktur und Funktion ästhetischer Mechanismen im psychoanalytischen Fallbericht
- Rolf-Peter Warsitz: »Die freie Assoziation ist nicht nur eine Erzählung« – Über einige Formen des Sprechens in der Psychoanalyse
- Susann Heenen-Wolff: Viel Dichtung – wieviel Wahrheit? Die Falldarstellung als Mutmaßung

Klinik der Psychoanalyse:

  • Bernd Nissen: Melancholie und Zusammenbruch – Eine Neubetrachtung von Freuds »Trauer und Melancholie«

Theorie der Psychoanalyse:

  • Stefan Wolf: Scheitern und Gelingen – Psychoanalyse als kreativer Prozess

Geschichte der Psychoanalyse:

  • Wolfgang Hegener: Freud, ein hellenischer Heide und atheistischer Aufklärer? Oder: Wie jüdisch ist die Psychoanalyse? Ein Beitrag zur Fortführung einer Debatte


  • Elfriede Löchel: »Triebe und Objekte« neu gelesen – Eine textkritische Auseinandersetzung mit einem Aufsatz Wolfgang Lochs aus dem Jahre 1981.

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