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Volume 15 Issue 1

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Challenging Relational Psychoanalysis: A Reply to My Critics; Jon Mills: Special Section on Politics and Psychoanalysis, Editor’s Introduction; Rachel Sopher: On Lying and Disillusionment; Lynne Layton: The Social and Political Life of Shame: The U.S. 2016 Presidential Election; Mary Watkins: “I Should Like to Point Out That There Is an Air-Raid Going on Outside!”: Psychoanalysis and the Denial of the Analyst’s Trauma; Ilene Philipson: Psychoanalysis Against Fascism: Fascism, Terrorism, and the Fascist and Terrorist Within; Eilon N. Shomron-Atar: The Personal Is Political Is Psychoanalytic: Politics in the Consulting Room; Matt Aibel: In the Shadow of Armageddon: Working Analytically After Trump’s Election; Eric Sherman: Introduction: Essays on Loss and Development; Adrienne Harris: Unstuck in Time; Arthur Fox: Letting Go; Susan Klebanoff: Close to the Edge; Heather Ferguson: Listening To Loss: On Primary Preoccupations and Inconsolability; Margery Kalb: Lost and Found, and Letting Go; Michael J. Feldman: Geneologies: Scotland and Canada; Adrienne Harris: Family Scenes of Loss: Ghosts, Demons, Strangers and Companions: Afterword to Essays on Loss and Development; Jane G. Tillman: Daemons, Ghosts and Lovers: Afterword to Essays on Loss and Development; Richard Brockman:

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP replies to his critics’ counter-critique of his lectures delivered at the 2015 Israeli symposium. In this introduction Rachel Sopher, LCSW writes that it is her hope that the articles that follow will evoke an experience of connectedness in the face of sociopolitical pressures and cultural currents. Drawing on Freud’s and Bion’s discussions of disavowal and lying, Lynne Layton, PhD looks at the way this operates among neoliberalism’s winners, losers, and critical bystanders. Mary Watkins, PhD examines the social and political life of shame in the United States within the context of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency. In this paper, Ilene Philipson, PhDexamines the question of whether psychoanalysts today are as inured to their own traumatizing environments as were the members of wartime British Society. Eilon N. Shomron-Atar, PhD explores both the psychic structures of sociopolitical fascism and terrorism as well as the structures of fascism and terrorism within our psyches. Author Matt Aibel, LCSW examines the challenges of working with political material. Utilizing trauma theory, Eric Sherman, LCSW examines some of the clinical dynamics that ensued in the days following the election. In this introduction, Adrienne Harris, PhD introduces herself and five other members of a writing and supervision group. They wrote pieces in the context of work they were doing on ghosts and spectral objects. Each essay is an individual reflection on an aspect of the analyst’s personal history of loss and developmental trauma, as well as part of a theoretical exploration of the unconscious forces always at play in analytic work. Reflecting on loss and disappointment in the father-son dyad of his past leads Arthur Fox, PhD to a greater sense of freedom and appreciation for the present. Using her own experience, Susan Klebanoff, PhD facilitates the working through of disappointment and fear in the mother-child dyad. The death of Heather Ferguson’s, LCSW father by suicide and a patient’s uncanny intuition lead to the “expulsion” and resolution of a family secret. Mourning the death of a beloved husband enables Margery Kalb, PsyD to make a shift from “primary preoccupation” with loss to self-growth. Working through the patient’s experience of loss allows for the exploration of key transference and countertransference dynamics and the recognition of analyst Michael J. Feldman’s, MD own identification with the experience of being “torn between remembering and forgetting.” Author Adrienne Harris, PhD recalls her early life with her nanny, a woman whose tragic and difficult life history significantly interacts with her own family history of war, loss, and migration. In this essay Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP explores the ways in which “ghosts”—unmourned losses—can haunt, enliven, or insist that attention be paid. Richard Brockman, MD writes that daemons “that inhabit the human breast” are not usually some evil creatures out to do us harm. More often they are figures once loved, now lost.

Global Perspectives: A Conversation With Dr. Mark Solms

In Global Perspectives, we bring you interviews with psychoanalysts from around the world in an effort to explore the influence of culture, politics, and socioeconomic issues and how they influence training, theory development, and adherence to clinical technique and psychoanalytic practice in general.


Book Review: : Which Winnincott? A Review of Tea with Winnicott by Brett Kahr with illustrations by Alison Bechdel

The first in a new series by Karnac, Tea with Winnicott follows Winnicott’s life and illustrates how his life is woven throughout his work.

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