Seeing the Light

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Delia Battin, Eugene Mahon
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 35-48 File size 195 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2020-001003
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Seeing the light is an expression that usually connotes a conceptual grasp of meaning in all its complexity, while the perception of light is not the issue. In this paper, the authors present a patient with an exquisite light sensitivity that disturbs her sleep; she is "seeing the light" in a symptomatic, concrete way. Light itself has become a compliant and collusive element onto which an aspect of conflict is displaced in the service of self-deception. Ironically, the analysis and deconstruction of the symptom eventually led to the kind of insight that the expression seeing the light conveys.

Keywords: Insight, conflict, transfert, countertransfert, screen memories

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Delia Battin, Eugene Mahon, Vedere la luce in "PSICOANALISI" 1/2020, pp 35-48, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2020-001003