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Pine, F. (1979). On the Pathology of the Separation–Individuation Process as Manifested in Later Clinical Work: An Attempt at Delineation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 60:225-241.

(1979). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 60:225-241

On the Pathology of the Separation–Individuation Process as Manifested in Later Clinical Work: An Attempt at Delineation

Fred Pine

SUMMARY

In this paper, through clinical example, I have attempted to illustrate and to delineate aspects of the pathology of the separationindividuation process as they are manifested in later clinical work. I have distinguished between pathology of the relation to the differentiated other and the undifferentiated other, the latter being the primary phenomena with roots in the separationindividuation process; and I have attempted to show that the confusion between these two rests on a focus on surface presentations rather than in-depth understanding. A further distinction was drawn within the pathology of the relation to the differentiated other; some clinical phenomena there can be seen as tied to the differentiation process itself, and are thus also linked to separationindividuation. Finally, the relevance of the concepts of separationindividuation to depersonalization/derealization, to 'as if' character, and to folie à deux was discussed.

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