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Cooper, S.H. (2015). Clinical Theory at the Border(s): Emerging and Unintended Crossings in the Development of Clinical Theory. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 96(2):273-292.

(2015). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 96(2):273-292

Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique

Clinical Theory at the Border(s): Emerging and Unintended Crossings in the Development of Clinical Theory Language Translation

Steven H. Cooper

(Accepted for publication 1 May 2014)

The author provides some scaffolding for thinking about emerging and unintended integrative developments in clinical theory. The emergent theory to which the author refers works at a different level of theoretical discourse than explicit attempts at comparative translation of psychoanalytic concepts or theories. In contrast, most of the theory that is explored in this paper involves clinical discourse aimed at solving important common clinical problems. The work of a group of authors (Jay Greenberg, John Steiner, Anton Kris, Michael Feldman and Charles Spezzano) is described as simultaneously embedded within a particular orientation while demonstrating a kind of unwitting reach to a broad swathe of analysts. Distinctions are made between this kind of linking of clinical theory versus self-consciously syncretic and integrative approaches to theory development. The author also discusses the educational implications of this emergent theory for teaching and learning during psychoanalytic training.

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