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Grand, S. (1997). Response: Jody Messler Davies, “Dissociation, Therapeutic Enactment, and Transference—Countertransference Processes” (Vol. 2, no. 2). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(3):409-413.

(1997). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 2(3):409-413

Response: Jody Messler Davies, “Dissociation, Therapeutic Enactment, and Transference—Countertransference Processes” (Vol. 2, no. 2)

Sue Grand, Ph.D.

In Davies' discussion, she pursues important questions which provide a natural critical extension for my paper's focal point. Davies asks how the transferencecountertransference matrix has constructed the patient's “girl self.” She suggests that the “girl self” personification has been coconstructed in this analytic dyad, much as I have suggested that the gendering of dissociative states is constructed by familial and cultural politics. Davies proposes recasting the patient's experiences in terms of a “boy self” expressing the view that this construction might be more empowering for a man who has suffered the degradation of incest. Further, she critiques this analytic exploration as one of “discovering” what was “inside” the patient rather than one of elucidating what evolved between patient and analyst. She ties this critique to what she views as an excessive emphasis on memory rather than on the relational constitution of the self. In raising these types of critiques, Davies pursues a line of inquiry which is a natural outgrowth of my perspective.

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