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Rosenfield, K. (2006). Termination and Its Discontents: Commentary on Paper by Jody Messler Davies. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(5):591-593.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(5):591-593

Termination and Its Discontents: Commentary on Paper by Jody Messler Davies Related Papers

Kim Rosenfield, LCSW

In her article, “Transformations of Desire and Despair: Reflections on the Termination Process from a Relational Perspective,” Jody Messler Davies (2005) gives us a finely crafted set of relationally honed tools for refining our work and attending to the multiplicities of self and other during the “termination” process. In reading Davies's article, I began to wonder about the ways in which we conceptualize termination, as an end-phase-specific stopping point, with a heavy expectation that analyst and patient must bring to bear “in the final days, the insights that have been gained from a thorough reworking of the past” (Davies, 2005, p. 790). Perhaps we need to throw the termination baby out with the bathwater and reformulate termination more along the lines of a state of “going on being(Winnicott, 1965) with a broadening sense that the entire analytic journey cannot be contained or even made sense of at the end of a treatment.

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