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Berman, E. (2011). On Overcoming Ancestor Worship and on Flawed, Yet Generative Dyads: Commentary on Paper by Joyce Slochower. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(1):33-37.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(1):33-37

On Overcoming Ancestor Worship and on Flawed, Yet Generative Dyads: Commentary on Paper by Joyce Slochower

Emanuel Berman, Ph.D.

My response to Joyce Slochower's paper emphasizes the value of de-idealization of psychoanalytic parental figures, as part of developing an autonomous analytic identity, and sharply differentiates de-idealization from devaluation. Slochower's view of Winnicott is seen as moving in this direction, and therefore as substantially different from hostile attempts at Winnicott bashing. I view her specific interpretation as a thought-provoking and enriching speculation, and a valuable contribution to understanding nuances of the transferencecountertransference cycle. I warn against over--confidence in interpretations based on hindsight. I also suggest that Winnicott's work with Khan and with Guntrip, with all its shortcomings, clearly contributed to their productivity and creativity.

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