Peter and the renegade 'It was Georgie I loved best'

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Abstract:

This article contains reflections on my last conversation with Peter Lomas. As a consequence of this interchange, I consider Peter's inheritance of Sandor Ferenczi's therapeutic legacy. Some critics of the work of both practitioners insinuated that their ideas and practice amounted to a form of 'wild analysis': I examine this mistaken attribution and argue that the creativity inherent in their therapeutic ideas and practice was wrongly perceived as 'wild analysis'. I consider Peter's misgivings in relation to Winnicott's ideas about regression in therapy, predicated on idealisation of the mother-baby relationship and entailing undue idealisation of the therapist-patient relationship without due attention being paid to the role of the father. I muse upon Peter's love of football, seeing it as a metaphor for the practice of psychotherapy.

Keywords: Sandor Ferenczi; creativity; idealisation; intuition; regression; wild analysis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642537.2011.548578

Affiliations: Member of the Guild of Psychotherapists; Member of the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy,

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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