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This choice of written items plots the paintings of an NHS psychotherapist, Jonathan Pedder, turning the technology of psychiatry into human encounters. He had a occupation instructing and encouraging colleagues and scholars with psychoanalytic methods of considering, encouraging and aiding them within the demanding situations of up to date psychiatry. In his paintings he made the realm of psychoanalysis available to non-analysts, and this book  Read more...

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FATHER: We wish to live, sir! PRODUCER: Through all eternity? FATHER: No, sir; just for a moment . . in you. . PRODUCER: And where’s the script? FATHER: It is in us, sir. The drama is in us. We are the drama and we are impatient to act it—so fiercely does our inner passion urge us on. Father’s plea, “We wish to live . . just for a moment in you” seems to express the cry of the child or lost self part of the patient seeking a potential space for growth. The theme of a play within a play is, of course, a common device in drama; just as the dream within a story is in literature.

It unites three themes I have attempted to show the links between: it is not only drama, but is also about the value of play, and, most of all, a tale of a successful therapy for all concerned. Mary is orphaned as a little girl in India and is sent home to the care of her uncle, an embittered recluse in a vast, rambling house in the middle of the Yorkshire moors. Slowly, she discovers that also in this house lives Colin, a crippled child, hidden away on a sick-bed. It is prophesied that Colin will not live and his father (Mary’s uncle) cannot bear to see Colin, who reminds him of the fact that the child’s mother (his adored wife) died at his birth.

Abse, 1974, pp. 100– 101] We are constantly invited to consider and are confused as to what is illusion and what reality. Pirandello himself felt he had no life outside his writing; it was presumably locked in his inner world. 16 ATTACHMENT AND NEW BEGINNINGS He wrote in his journal, “There is someone who is living my life. And I know nothing about him”. Pirandello’s split-off inner world reappears in the play, just as a patient’s split-off inner world might, during the course of psychotherapy, reappear in a dream, or a child’s in play therapy.

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