Secrecy versus closeness — various ways of understanding the phenomena of silence in the psychotherapeutic proces
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Psychoter 2011;158(3):5-15
The author presents different ways of understanding the phenomena of silence in the process of psychoanaltycially oriented psychotherapy. In connection with the theory of Alberto Eiguer she analyses the transgenerational transmission of the family secret and its consequences for the psychological functioning of the family members. One does not speak about the family secret; there is “silence” in the family. The ways of working through the family secrets are illustrated with the clinical material – a vignette from a therapy of a young woman. The analysis of the phenomena of silence in the therapeutic process in terms of closeness and intimacy ends the presentation. This is a different kind of silence; the silence that cures.
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