Introduzione al pensiero di Marion Milner

Translated title of the contribution: Introduction to Marion Milner's thought

Alberto Stefana

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The British psychoanalyst Marion Milner's (1900-1998) use of imaginative scenarios (both the patient's and hers) is analyzed in an analytic situation - considered a metaphor of the parent-child relationship - in which the patient introjects the type of care of the therapist. The illusion of oneness, of the "me not-me" fusion, has a structuring function which may not take place during early childhood. The analysis allows patients to regress to their earliest experiences in order to work them through and either take up or go through a developmental process. Some aspects of theory and technique are considered, especially regarding the concepts of countertransference, concentration on the body, emptiness, doubt, frame, fusion, creativity, play, pre-logical thinking.

Translated title of the contributionIntroduction to Marion Milner's thought
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)355-374
Number of pages20
JournalPsicoterapia e Scienze Umane
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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