ABSTRACT

The main themes on which my work has focused over the last few years all appear to a greater or lesser extent in this chapter: the various ways in which the ‘characters’ of the psychoanalytic session can be conceptualized; how the patient in effect constantly draws the analyst’s attention to the functioning of the session itself; the continuous oscillation between interpretive activity and narrative transformations by the analyst; the development of Bion’s concept of ‘waking dream thought’ and the eventual formulation of the concept of the ‘narrative derivative’ of this thought; and the importance of the microtransformations in the here and now of the session on account of their capacity for ongoing modification of the patient’s internal world by a continual series of instances of Nachträglichkeit, as well as for rewriting his history, sometimes in versions that ‘never happened’.*

Again, I use clinical material not to ‘demonstrate’ anything but as a means of conveying and sharing the underlying theory – that is to say, in Bion’s terms, as a means of talking about theory, but of doing so along Row C of the Grid, which is that of story-telling, dreams and private myths.