chapter  6
Psychoanalysis of the psychoanalytic setting1
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Winnicott defi nes the ‘setting’ as ‘the summation of all the details of management’ (Winnicott, 1956, p. 297).170 For reasons that will be discussed as we develop this theme, I propose that we adopt the term psychoanalytic situation for the totality of the phenomena included in the therapeutic relationship between analyst and patient. This situation encompasses phenomena that constitute a process, which is what we study, analyse and interpret. However, it also includes a setting,171 in other words a ‘non-process’ in the sense that these are the constants within the framework of which the process takes place.172