The Enigmatic Effect of Counter-transferential Figurations and Their Functions

By Mireille Guittonneau

In the field of early trauma, it sometimes turns out to be important for the analyst to lend her words to her patients and, for this, to forge counter-transferential figurations of their distress. The effect of enigma that they produce, associated with their identifying function, then reveals itself to be particularly fruitful. Indeed, in an initial phase it allows a frozen objectal investment to be brought back to life, before making possible the emergence of fundamental questions such as the enigma of the desire of the Other and the enigma of birth. The path then opens for these subjects to form new identifications that are no longer de-subjectifying.


  • creativity
  • early traumas
  • counter-transferential figurations
  • enigma
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