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After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Year. This will rearrange the results of your search chronologically, displaying the earliest published articles first. This feature is useful to trace the development of a specific psychoanalytic concept through time.

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(2006). Introduction: The Editors. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(2):131.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(2):131

Introduction: The Editors

Psychoanalysis, in addition to being a clinical technique and a theory of psychopathology and of human mental functioning in general, is an approach to engagement with human suffering. Our psychoanalytic orientation to life goes with us into our personal lives and into any activity we enter upon that seeks to grapple with or alleviate suffering. In the articles that follow, Zina Steinberg and Susan Kraemer describe their efforts to help parents and staff to live with the fear, despair, hope, and pain of life on a neonatal intensive care unit. There are few environments in which the basic anxieties of life and death are more constantly and urgently present. In the process of trying to help others cope, of course, Steinberg and Kraemer find that they need to stretch their own capacity to bear the anxiety and pain of such work. You will see the personal and professional resources they bring to bear on this work, and particularly how they draw on their psychoanalytic training and experiences. In sharing their experiences with us, they also serve as a model of how psychoanalysis can be useful outside the consulting room in the various and too numerous real-world situations in which people struggle with extreme threats to physical and psychic survival. We hope that you are inspired by this work as we have been and are moved to contribute reports of your own experiences as an analyst outside the private office.

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