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Orbach, S. (2002). A View from Abroad: Can We Have Reason Without Feelings?. Psychoanal. Dial., 12(3):433-441.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 12(3):433-441

A View from Abroad: Can We Have Reason Without Feelings?

Susie Orbach, Ph.D.

This paper discusses the impulse to psychic and political splitting with its consequent political demonization of the other when emotional helplessness and fear cannot be metabolized. I argue that it is through an acceptance of our feelings of helplessness that we are in a position to experience the subjectivity of the other and to begin the process of political discourse.

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