Unconscious perception and reverie: an intersubjective connection*

Abstract

This paper discusses an intriguing topic for psychoanalysis: the concept of unconscious communication. Beginning with the concept of unconscious perception, it moves on to figurability and culminates with reverie. Auxiliary concepts, such as receptive unconscious, intersubjectivtiy, countertransferrence and empathy, are discussed in order to articulate the conceptual network on which theoretical arguments are based.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  1. Bion, W. R. (1959). Attacks on linking. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 40, 308–315.

    Google Scholar 

  2. Bion, W. R. (1961). Experiences in groups, and other papers. London: Tavistock Publications.

    Google Scholar 

  3. Bollas, C. (1995). Cracking up: the work of unconscious experience. New York: Hill and Wang.

    Google Scholar 

  4. Bollas, C. (2002). Ideas in psychoanalysis—Free association. Cambridge: Icon Books.

    Google Scholar 

  5. Bollas, C. (2009). The infinite question. London: Routledge.

    Google Scholar 

  6. Botella, C. (2007a). General introduction. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Fortaleza, 1(1), 57–60.

    Google Scholar 

  7. Botella, C. (2007b). Rêverie-reverie and the figurability work. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Fortaleza, 1(1), 77–83.

    Google Scholar 

  8. Botella, S. & Botella, C. (2004). The work of figurability: Mental states without representation. London: Routledge.

    Google Scholar 

  9. Botella, C. & Botella, S. (2005). The work of psychic figurability: Mental states without representation. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.

    Google Scholar 

  10. Coelho, N. E., Jr. (2004). Ferenczi and the experience of Einfühlung. Ágora, Rio de Janeiro, 1(1), 73–85.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Coelho, N. E., Jr. & Figueiredo, L. C. (2003). Patterns of intersubjectivity in the constitution of subjectivity. Dimensions of otherness. Culture and Psychology, 9, 193–208.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. Ferenczi, S. (1915). Psychogenic anomalies of voice production. In Further Contributions to the Theory and Technique of Psychoanalysis. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1980.

  13. Ferenczi, S. (1928). The elasticity of psychoanalytic technique. In Final Contributions to the Problems and Methods of Psychoanalysis (pp.105–109). New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1980.

  14. Ferenczi, S. (1988). The clinical diary of Sándor Ferenczi. In J. Dupont (Ed.), (trans. M. Balint & N.Z. Jackson). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

  15. Fortune, C. (1993). The case of RN: Sándor Ferenczi’s radical experiment in psychoanalysis. In L. Aron & A. Harris (Eds.), The legacy of Sándor Ferenczi (pp. 101–120). Hillsdale: The Analytic Press.

    Google Scholar 

  16. Fortune, C. (1996). Mutual analysis: a logical outcome of Sandor Ferenczi’s experiments in psychoanalysis. In P. Rudnytsky, A. Bokay, & P. Giampieri-Deutsch (Eds.), Ferenczi’s turn in psychoanalysis (pp. 170–186). New York: New York University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  17. Fortune, C. (2015). Thwarting the psychoanalytic detectives: Defending the severn legacy. American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 75, 19–28.

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  18. Freud, S. (1900). The interpretation of dreams. Standard Edition, Vols. 45, London: Hogarth.

  19. Freud, S. (1912). Recommendations to physicians practicing psychoanalysis (Vol. 12). London: Hogarth.

    Google Scholar 

  20. Freud, S. (1915). The unconscious (Vol. 14). London: Hogarth.

    Google Scholar 

  21. Klein, M. (1946). Notes on some schizoid mechanisms. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 27, 99–110.

    PubMed  Google Scholar 

  22. Koritar, E. & Garon, J. (Issue Editors) (2017). Second Toronto Special Issue: The Heritage of A Psychoanalytic Mind, American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 77(3).

  23. Ogden, T. H. (1991). Projective identification and psychotherapeutic technique. London: Jason Aronson Inc.

    Google Scholar 

  24. Ogden, T. H. (2003). Subjects of analysis. London: Karnac.

    Google Scholar 

  25. Ogden, T. H. (2004). Reverie and interpretation: Sensing something human. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Google Scholar 

  26. Ogden, T. H. (2007). Reverie and interpretation. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Fortaleza, 1(1), 61–64.

    Google Scholar 

  27. Parsons, M. (2007). About reverie. Journal of Psychoanalysis, Fortaleza, 1(1), 73–76.

    Google Scholar 

  28. Reik, T. (1948). Listening with the third ear. New York: The Noonday Press.

    Google Scholar 

  29. Silberer, H. (1951). Report on a method of eliciting and observing certain symbolic hallucination-phenomena. In D. Rapaport (Ed.), Organization and pathology of thought (pp. 195–207). New York: Columbia University Press.

  30. Widlöcher, D. (2001). The place of clinical research in psychoanalysis. In A. Green (Ed.), Contemporary psychoanalysis: French journal of psychoanalysis (pp. 51-64). Rio de.

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Marcio Leitão Bandeira.

Additional information

Address correspondence to Marcio Bandeira, Ph.D., Rua Martiniano de Carvalho, 676, Apto. 62, São Paulo, SP, Brazil 01321-000; email: marciobandeira@gmail.com

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Bandeira, M.L. Unconscious perception and reverie: an intersubjective connection*. Am J Psychoanal 77, 265–273 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1057/s11231-017-9094-5

Download citation

Keywords

  • countertransference
  • empathy
  • figurability
  • intersubjectivtiy
  • receptive unconscious
  • reverie
  • unconscious communication