Ilany Kogan’s “The changing reflection of the self: From the first interview to the end-of-analysis”

Ilany Kogan’s “The changing reflection of the self: From the first interview to the end-of-analysis”

Civitarese G. (discussant)
Società Psicoanalitica Italiana 

Ilany Kogan’s paper is fascinating. So are the beautiful paintings her patient brings to analysis. My reading focuses about this power to captivate the reader/analyst and tries to link it to the first meeting, when the patient hides behind the elevator and then turns as if to run. I put forward the hypothesis that the paintings might be themselves a way not only to become visible, but also to remain invisible. An intriguing question for discussion could be if they can also be seen as reflecting something about the here and now of the session.