‘The Rubbish Place’
Erik had suffered physical abuse and neglect and was living in foster care. Due to his difficult experiences, his projections appeared to leave a mark in the room. He found it unbearable to stay, comparing his feelings to being in a “cage”.
Dalley relates the claustrophobic feelings in the room with previous experiences in the womb. Erik verbalised his fears naming the room “the rubbish place” and describing the space as “small and dirty”. In my mind, the cage, claustrophobic feeling and the womb, merged.