Malignant regression (Michael Balint)
Two types of regression can appear during analysis:
* the benign form is minor, temporary, and reversible; and
* the malignant form is major, serious, lasting, or even irreversible.
To avoid the appearance of a malignant form of regression, the development of adapted analytic techniques have been developed.
The discreet (not omnipotent or needlessly intrusive) analyst must create the secure, permissive atmosphere that the client needs, as well as the time needed for regression and a “new beginning”.
This notion, linked to the theory of the “basic fault”, is unquestionably the one that has had the greatest influence among analysts.
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