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Havens, L. (1999). Recognition of Selfhood as Struggle. Psychoanal. Dial., 9(6):851-863.

(1999). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 9(6):851-863

Recognition of Selfhood as Struggle

Leston Havens, M.D.

The experience of selfhood is that of struggle, between conflicting demands, inevitable dilemmas, and shifting allegiances toward deciding what is for us. The complex nature of this struggle often makes the boundaries between health and sickness ambiguous. Therapeutic work is significantly dependent on the capacity to engage with such struggles. This is illustrated by two striking examples of successful work, as well as my own two analyses, and other clinical material.

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