Nkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship

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Henderson, D. 2014. Nkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship.
Title of workNkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship
CreatorsHenderson, D.
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This paper uses the image of the Nkisi Nkondi, of southern Congo and northern Angola, to illuminate aspects of the transference and countertransference in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The Nkisi Nkondi houses a spirit, which is invoked by the healer. Supplicants hammer nails into the statue to express wishes and seal agreements. The image of the nail fetish enables us to conceptualise important features of the patient's desire. The image helps the therapist to appreciate forces involved in the construction of the analytic relationship and how power is deployed in the transference. In addition it allows for an expanded understanding of temporality and memory in the analytic process.

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Research GroupCentre for Psychoanalysis
Publisher or commissioning bodyPsyche Visual Online Videos
First publicly available date
PrintAug 2014
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Deposited23 Jun 2015
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)http://www.psychevisual.com/Video_by_David_Henderson_on_Nkisi_Nkondi_The_Trace_Of_Transference_In_The_Analytic_Relationship.html
LanguageEnglish
Media typeVideo
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