Nkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship

Henderson, David (2014) Nkisi Nkondi: the trace of transference in the analytic relationship. [Film/Video]


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.

Item Type: Film/Video
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Psychoanalysis
Item ID: 17021
Depositing User: David Henderson
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 08:59
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:35
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17021

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