- De verdubbeling van de wereld: Weerstand in de therapie bij tweede generatie migratieregelateerde identiteitsproblematiek
- Tijdschrift voor Psychoanalyse
- Volume | Issue number
- 14 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
A double world : resistance in therapy for second-generation migration-related identity problems.
Starting in early childhood, second-generation non-Western immigrants live in a reality of irreconcilable cultures and divided generations and families. The emphasis in this article is on how patients with migration-realted identity problems are constantly tossed back and forth internally as well as externally between incongruous worlds, which also occurs in the course of therapy. A fixated pattern like this of a double world is accompanied by numerous secrets, lying and pretending. In the case described here, migration-relatedidentity problems manifest themselves in such a way that the therapeutic setting itself acquires a form that is quite out of the ordinary. With transatllantic psychotherapy twice a week at fixed times on the telephone, continuity and connection are very concretely established. The inner integration increases and therapy comes increasingly to resemble regular psychoanalytical therapy.
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