Death Anxiety and Clinical Practice by Robert Langs

By Robert Langs

Argues that dying nervousness is ignored - partially, due to remedy mess ups as a result of countertransference interferences in the course of therapy. Langs then discusses the technical concerns attached with this, when introducing the arguable idea that psychological actions are derived from immune method actions.

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3. The death-related meanings of all non-death-related events that are unconsciously connected with death and evoke death anxiety. The death-connected meanings of these events are un­ consciously perceived and stored in the deep unconscious sys­ tem's memory storage subsystem, from which, as indicated, they cannot find direct but only encoded expression. The most common class of these disguised and unconsciously experie death-connected incidents pertains to ground rule andframeevents and their management.

This story evokes the recall of a forgotten aspect of her mother's death, namely, that her mother had become addicted to a pain medication which had contributed to her demise. I n this brief vignette, the therapist's announcement of a vacation triggered the recall of the death of the patient's mother. A n d while these images encode aspects of the patient's unconscious experi­ ence of her therapist's impending absence, for present purposes I shall focus on their manifest meanings. I n that regard, w e can see that the patient was manifestly recalling and working over the loss of her mother.

Trigger-decoded interventions (efforts that link the encoded themes in the patient's narrative material to their acti­ vating triggers) will reveal the patient's unconscious experi­ ence of a death-related triggering event within therapy and 38 DEATH ISSUES: BASIC PERSPECTIVES define the patient's unconsciously expressed, frame-related, and other healing correctives as well. 6. To reiterate, this understanding indicates that allusions and associations to external triggers must be treated both manifestly in terms of conscious responses and latently as encoded mes­ sages.

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