Where the Holocaust and Al-Nakba Met: Radioactive identifications and the psychoanalytic frame
The author, who is of Palestinian heritage, revisits her treatment with a Jewish analyst, who is the offspring of Holocaust survivors. She demonstrates how the transference-countertransference matrix was both constructed and compromised by politics and intergenerational trauma, some aspects of which remained unconscious, others conscious; some of which were enacted, others analyzed. The analytic scene was a microcosm of world events in which “radioactive identifications” (Gampel, 1993, 1998; Gampel and Mazor, 2004) with political and historical issues affected the psychoanalytic situation, resulting in repeated enactments and, finally, an impasse that led to the premature termination of the treatment.
Keywordspsychoanalytic frame radioactive identifications intergenerational trauma holocaust Al-Nakba
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