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Sinason, M. (2002). On Film Review Essay: Fight Club. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 83(6):1442-1444.

(2002). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 83(6):1442-1444

On Film Review Essay: Fight Club

Michael Sinason

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to express my appreciation of the analysis of the film Fight Club provided by Jeanne Wolff Bernstein (Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 83: 1191-9). I share her concern that the practice of psychoanalysis has become too geared towards creating a ‘sense of coherence’ rather than helping the patient to tolerate and investigate the nature of an otherness within. Fight Club provides an opportunity to examine the frightening discovery of an ‘other’ in the inner world through Jack's gradual realisation that he is sharing the same body as Tyler Durden.

Jung has described, in his autobiography, his own discovery of two personalities in his inner world. He says,

Somewhere deep in the background I always knew that I was two persons. One was the son of my parents, who went to school and was less intelligent, attentive, hard working, decent and clean than many other boys.

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