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Gerson, S. (2006). The Elusiveness of the Relational Unconscious: Commentary on Paper by Juan Taubert-Oklander. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(2):217-225.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(2):217-225

The Elusiveness of the Relational Unconscious: Commentary on Paper by Juan Taubert-Oklander Related Papers

Samuel Gerson, Ph.D.

Even as relational perspectives on the psychoanalytic process are increasingly endorsed, their implications for theory and clinical practice are far from full development. In this commentary on Juan Tubert-Oklander's work, I first highlight his theoretical contribution to an intersubjective understanding of the unconscious. I then critique his clinical vignette for its surprising omission of this concept of a relational unconscious in his description of the interpretive process. Thinking and writing about clinical work with, and within, the relational unconscious poses the particular problem of having to proceed with uncertainty about how interpretive convictions may reflect the nature of one's own unconscious participation in the structuring of the analytic process.

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