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Starr, K.E. (2018). Caught in the Crossfire: Political Intersections, Collisions, and Confrontations. Psychoanal. Self. Cxt., 13(4):389-397.

(2018). Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context, 13(4):389-397

Caught in the Crossfire: Political Intersections, Collisions, and Confrontations

Karen E. Starr, Psy.D.

In this paper, the author reflects on the reverberations of her intergenerational history of trauma and immigration that arose in response to the current political climate. She offers two clinical vignettes in which politics permeated the consulting room in ways that both collided with and contributed to her consideration of her own commitment to political engagement. The first involves a patient in a clandestine romantic relationship with a Muslim man, who asserts her plan to vote for Trump. The second is a college history professor who copes with his feelings of hopelessness and despair by teaching his students about the dangers of nationalism and xenophobia.

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