A very short vignette
Ms.A, a female client in her late twenties has been in psychoanalysis for the past three years. One day, when a child personality shows up without her usual elegant and composed manner, her analyst, Dr.B, initially felt blindsided. Then after recovering his composure, he states “Well, Ms.A, let’s start our session anyway. What comes to your mind this morning?”
“Well…” She said to herself, “I remember once that my child part suddenly went ahead of me and spoke to him. At that time he never even noticed the change of the tone of my voice.He is now a step ahead, it appears, but still not ready to deal with us if it happens again in the future.”
The purpose of my presenting this telling (so I hope ) vignette is to indicate that this is still the standard attitude of the analysts who are not informed of the clinical manifestation of the patients with dissociative disorder. This situation is not only unfortunate for psychoanalysts but also unwelcoming to those potential clients for psychoanalysis who have dissociative disorders. The main thrust of this paper is to change the analytic milieu in this regard.