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Psychodyn Psychiatry. 2018 Fall;46(3):393-410. doi: 10.1521/pdps.2018.46.3.393.

Processes in Psychotherapy and the MATRIX: The Case of Projective Identification.

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1
Be`er Ya`akov-Ness Ziona Mental Health Center; Tel Aviv University Program of Psychotherapy.
2
Tel Aviv University Program of Psychotherapy; Department of Mental Health, Medical Corps, IDF, Israel.
3
Tel Aviv University Program of Psychotherapy; Shalvata Mental Health Center.
4
Be`er Ya`akov-Ness Ziona Mental Health Center.
5
Tel Aviv University Program of Psychotherapy; Lev HaSharon Mental Health Center.

Abstract

The MATRIX is a tool designed to analyze psychoanalytic sessions. It is composed of two axes: focus (patient, therapist, and dyad) and dimension (space, content, and order). The MATRIX was found to be a reliable tool, and valid for identifying the therapist's theoretical inclinations in psychoanalytic-oriented psychotherapy sessions. In the present study, we suggest that the MATRIX can identify different (Kleinian, Bionian, and relational) approaches to projective identification, thus providing therapists and supervisors an easy-to-use tool for monitoring, and better managing, projective identifications during psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy.

KEYWORDS:

MATRIX; PI; process analysis; psychoanalysis; psychotherapy

PMID:
30199336
DOI:
10.1521/pdps.2018.46.3.393
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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