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Lachmann, F.M. (1996). Yes, One Self Is Enough!. Contemp. Psychoanal., 32:627-630.

(1996). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32:627-630

Yes, One Self Is Enough!

Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D.

I take Dr. Slavin's admonitions to heart. He claims that I failed to view David's experience from within the patient's own perspective. At least I can try to view Dr. Slavin's discussion of my article from within his perspective. Dr. Slavin appears to feel constrained by my assumption of “a striving for self-integration.” He views this assumption as an imposition that forces David to conform to a limiting, rigid, narrow, one-dimensional sense of self, one that denies the inherent multiplicity and duplicity of the self. He argues that I emphasize a striving for self-integration at the expense of a recognition of the patient's subjective experience, those complex, multiple, divergent, conflicting, and disparate subunits. As a consequence of my assumptions, Dr. Slavin believes, David will have no impact on me or on my varieties of self-experience.

It is suggested that my attempt to listen, understand, and explore David's experience is an attempt to soothe him and is based on a “simple” deficit model of pathology. I therefore recognize neither David's nor my own darker sides. To make his point, Dr. Slavin offers a series of imaginary, hypothetical musings by David about the continually unarticulated process that Dr. Slavin believes to provide a subtext for my “as-if” interactions with David.

Although obviously not intended to do so, Dr. Slavin's discussion provides an eloquent depiction of me as providing David with a coherent, temporally

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