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Levine, S.S. (2001). On the Mirror Stage with Henry and Eliza or Play-ing with Pygmalion in Five Acts. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):103-125.

(2001). Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):103-125

On the Mirror Stage with Henry and Eliza or Play-ing with Pygmalion in Five Acts

Susan S. Levine, MSS, LCSW, B.C.D.

This play-ful paper examines the Pygmalion myth as interpreted by George Bernard Shaw in the 1938 film, an adaptation of his 1912 play. This myth of creation is discussed as a cautionary parable for the psychoanalytic treatment situation; mirroring is viewed from the perspectives of Winnicott, Kohut, and Lacan. It is suggested that the wish to create and to be created may play a role in all analyses.

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