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EFPP Review




Clinical Social Worker
Lecturer, School of Social Work,
The University of Haifa Director of
the Psychotherapy Center,
The University of Haifa Assistant Director,
Postgraduate Program of Psychoanalytic
Psychotherapy, Bar-Ilan University

Rony Alfandarys website

Rony Alfandary’s Hebrew website


Rony Alfandary

A Remembrance of War.

Past and Present Traumatic Fragments in a Case of an I.D.F Soldier Suffering from Anxiety Disorder



    The paper focuses upon a nodal moment in the psy- chotherapy of Shmuel, a young I.D.F. soldier who suf- fered from an anxiety attack during his military service. His treatment revealed a complex story of a young man who took refuge as a boy from his parents’ arguing in his grandmother’s home where he was exposed to her tales of surviving the Holocaust. Those stories imprinted them- selves upon him and were affectively repeated through- out his life. The undigested memory of those times created a vulnerability which was exposed and erupted during his military service. Through dream-work and rep- etition in the transference, he was able to digest these fragments. The clinical information in this case is ficti- tious. The author describes his ethical dilemma regarding the exposure of clinical data and offers a novel option to dealing with the dilemma.


 Trauma, Anxiety, Transference, Dreams

…Come you masters of war…
… You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud.
You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world…

Bob Dylan, Masters of War, 1963