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COSTA, Camilla Gonçalves da; RIBEIRO, Diana Pancini de Sá Antunes; VOLPATO, Ana Lúcia  and  ABRAO, Jorge Luis Ferreira. Winnicottian psychoanalytical ponderings on the meaning of silence in the setting. Bol. psicol [online]. 2013, vol.63, n.138, pp. 49-63. ISSN 0006-5943.

We tried to analyze in this paper the meaning of silence into the analytical setting, based in Winnicott’s proposal of psychoanalysis and from clinical experience fragments of one the authors. Therefore, we surveyed the meaning of silence in the setting for some psychoanalysts and, afterwards, we made reference mainly to the concepts related to Winnicott’s Theory of the Emotional Maturity, such as holding, handling, the presentation of objects, and those concerning hesitation and transitionality. We further availed ourselves of the concepts of transference and count transference to ponder on the therapeutic dyad into the analytical setting. Our final considerations point to the need to consider silence as an important communication in certain circumstances of the therapeutic work, as well as suggesting that the setting, in this case study, requested hopeful non-invasive approach of the therapist, to allow the appearance of transitional space through which the emotional maturity can be resumed in this patient

Keywords : Psychoanalysis; Winnicott; silence in the setting.

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