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Exile as a dissociative state: When a self is “lost in transit”.

The author explores “exile” as both a migratory and psychological phenomenon, with particular emphasis on it as a state of mind—one that, by virtue of the dissociative processes by which it is characterized, forecloses the (psychic) possibility of immigration. From this point of view, an exile is not simply one who cannot (physically) return; she is someone who cannot “remember” other versions of herself, who cannot bridge the gaps between versions of self rooted in disparate times, physical spaces and relationships, who cannot “stand in the spaces” between self-states. With a view of clinical process that forefronts dissociative phenomena in both patient and analyst/therapist, and their enactment in the therapeutic relationship, the author describes various forms of exile th…

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As generations speak.

Generational dialogue refers to both shifts in relatedness between generations as well as how the otherness of predecessors and successors are negotiated internally. At various points in the life cycle, the need for generational dialogue is rekindled. As a new place within the generational cycle is inhabited, the individual contends with a novel version of the self and the influences that other generations, both older and younger, exert. Since each new generation’s place needs to be claimed and not simply conferred, clashes within and between subjectivities are inevitable. Doubts about the self give rise to a “sorting out” process of which generational dialogue is a part. Clinical examples illustrate the unconscious search for generational dialogue and how it might be engendered or thw…

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Review of Turning points in dynamic psychotherapy: Initial assessment, boundaries, money, disruptions and suicidal cases and The damaged core: Origins, dynamics, manifestations and treatment.

Reviews the books, Turning points in dynamic psychotherapy: Initial assessment, boundaries, money, disruptions and suicidal cases by Salman Akhtar (2009) and The damaged core: Origins, dynamics, manifestations and treatment by Salman Akhtar (2009). Wit…

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