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Coburn, W.J. (2006). Terminations, Self-States, and Complexity in Psychoanalysis: Commentary on Paper by Jody Messler Davies. Psychoanal. Dial., 16(5):603-610.

(2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(5):603-610

Terminations, Self-States, and Complexity in Psychoanalysis: Commentary on Paper by Jody Messler Davies Related Papers

William J. Coburn, Ph.D., PSYD

In this paper I discuss the theoretical and clinical implications of the termination process with Jody Davies and her patient, Karen, in which the revisiting of self–other configurations and their corresponding meanings, having evolved over the course of treatment, are explored. The discussion highlights, from a complexity theory perspective, the themes of emotional honesty, uncertainty, capacity to mourn, and self-agency in the context of multiplicity of self.

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