During the unprecedented times we are experiencing due to COVID-19, most of us are adjusting to changes in our lives that we hadn’t anticipated even a month ago. We are all dealing with loss. Danielle Trudeau, MA discusses Freud’s ideas of mourning and melancholia in the context of the losses we are all experiencing during the pandemic.
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The ability to think about what might be in other people’s minds (the skill of putting ourselves in another person’s experience) is something the Hungarian-born psychoanalyst Peter Fonagy calls ‘mentalization.’ Simply put, Fonagy describes mentalization as “having one’s mind in mind.”
Dr. Jessica Benjamin, who currently works as a psychoanalyst and is considered one of the most important contemporary contributors to the field of psychology, describes her idea of ‘Thirdness’ as a kind of co-creation in regular relationships.
Think about the last time someone advised you, “Just be yourself!” Have you ever wondered, either philosophically or with some frustration, “What does that really mean?”