Bruce Reis, Ph.D., FIPA
Friday Night Papers
November 22, 6-8pm
IPTAR, Conference Room
This Event is Open to Members, Fellows, and Candidates from IPTAR ONLY
Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity, Forthcoming in two weeks from November 22!
Freud understood repetition, on the one hand, as something ‘daemonic’ and conservative that
could compulsively drive us back, as in the cases of traumatic neurosis or what we would today
call post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet, on the other hand, he also grasped the pleasure of
repetition such as that found in children’s jokes, rhymes, and stories or in his grandson’s
invented game of Fort/Da through which the child achieves mastery of his experience of his
mother’s leaving and grows as an individual. Using a process-oriented approach, this paper
explores this latter form of repetition and the possibility of different outcomes for the resolution
of repetition other than symbolic thought. It describes a clinical case of an unfolding process of
unconscious intersubjective negotiation where early conservative repetition yields to a creative
repetition that carries the potential for progress and the production of new forms. Here the patient
shifts from using her analyst as an object of repetition to an object of play. Rather than approach
repetition as a difficulty to be transcended, I argue that repetition is the vehicle of its own
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Bruce Reis, Ph.D., FIPA
Bruce Reis, Ph.D., FIPA, is a Fellow and Faculty Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic
Training and Research, New York; an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the New York
University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and a member of the
Boston Change Process Study Group. He is North American book review editor for the
International Journal of Psychoanalysis and serves on the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic
Quarterly, and Psychoanalytic Dialogues. He is the co-editor (with Robert Grossmark) of
Heterosexual Masculinities and author of Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity (2020).
Participants will be able to distinguish the three types of repetition described by Freud.
Participants will be able to differentiate between the analyst as an object of repetition and the
analyst as an object of play.
Participants will be able to distinguish symbolic and non-symbolic resolutions for repetition.
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