The fisherman of octopus

Memory of my childhood when I was introduced by my father and grandfather to the different technique of fishing. At night with a mirror, a lamp and a fork on the boat, in the early morning with hooks and a feather with to boat moving slowly, and with three hooks attached on a string and a lead with fresh prawns catch with the net.

Oh I was a small child in this wooden boat coming back in the evening to the port and repair myself in the front of it from the wind and the cold in the small cabin where normally is stored the rope.

But the most interesting fishing for me was the one of octopus where still on the boat with a string and a lead attached a crab you pull and leave the string till you feel the weight of the octopus and slowly pull it on the surface of the sea. But before to take it out, when you can see it, you need to use a net to catch it otherwise he will run away.

You need a lot of patient to do that and you can spend hours just pulling and leaving on the boat that slowly is going towards the shore, and coming back where it was before, also there are some particular hours during the day that you can do that, in the morning between 10 and 12 and in the afternoon between 3 and 5.

The beginning of the treatment is mainly waiting for the patient to grab the crab, and once you feel it, slowly pulling him slowly to the surface of the sea, but carefully because if he feels that it is out of the sea he will run away, and you need to use the net to contain him and bring to the external world.

Mainly we use two object: the string, a symbol that I represent with an I, and the net that I represent with an O.

The O is the self and the container that the mother provides to the child with her care to him and this allows the aggression to go down, to be moved from the outside to the inside, and, at the same time the libido can be catexted from inside to outside.

In this way a first object I can be represented inside the self as a way to introject the bad object and re-establish the relationship with the subject.

But another object is duplicated inside from the first one, I like to represent this two object with two I (II). The father is the first external object because the mother in a way was coming from the inside and as individual we come from a dual and when we are able to represent the two inside we become one.

But there is another complication in the formation of the internal representation of the object inside the self, we need to represent the relationship between them and the fact that these two object had an intercourse in order to generate us, I prefer to represent that with the X, that are the two I crossed.

But lets go back to the fishing and to the possible interventions and technique. I can make an interpretation (the string) if there is an internal object that is inside the self separated from the (m)other, or I can add with the listening, containment, reverie a piece to the self in order to have a close round figure that can contain the internal object (the net). The passage from the sea to the ground from the octopus is the psychological birth for the patient, the pulling him out from the sea attached to the string is the transference and associative process of the analytic dyad, the grasp to the crab the alliance between them in order to conduct the work in a safe way.

All the time there are in place these two process and the task is to balance them in accordance to the stage where we are in with the patient and to evaluate all the time it and take the adequate adjustments.

There is something left out till now, and it is the boat, the equipment that we need to explore the sea, the setting, the frame, the location where to find octopus, the engine to move the boat, the petrol, the time, the state of the sea, that needs to be in movement but not much, the wind, the wave that moves the boat towards the shore, other people on the boat, our analyst and supervisor, the community that we are part, and finally prepare the octopus to be tender slamming them on the rock, and cooking them, and eat them with other members of the family.