In recent decades the concept of enactment has acquired special relevance. There could be two reasons for this: the progressive greater importance attached to countertransference and its understanding and proper use, and a better knowledge of the primitive and psychotic levels of the mind. At the lecture the presenter will define the concept of enactment, exposing the differences from the classic concept of acting-out. Enactment is a phenomenon that can occur both in the patient (as a component of the transference), and in the analyst (as part of the countertransference). Here special attention will be given to the latter and the following argument will be developed: although enactment is a phenomenon that is not sought, its emergence is inevitable, which interferes with the analytical function. Therefore, its identification and analysis will be necessary, in order to re-establish the analytic function. Among the various factors that can stimulate the response of enactment in the analyst, one of them is the activation of the psychotic part of the patient's personality. The lecture also exposes the milestones of a fragment of an analytical process in which the analyst's enactments are manifested, along with the means he uses to handle them.
Analyst’s Enactments in the Relationship with the Patient’s Psychotic Part of the Personality