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Carnochan, P. (2011). Jealousy and the Capacity to Imagine: Commentary on Paper by Stephanie Lewin. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(5):580-588.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5):580-588

Jealousy and the Capacity to Imagine: Commentary on Paper by Stephanie Lewin

Peter Carnochan, Ph.D.

Stephanie Lewin's paper brings together Kleinian and Relational theorizing to extend our understanding of identification. She makes a key distinction between normal and traumatic jealousy. Normal jealousy allows for identification with introjection. Traumatic jealousy leads to what she calls “parallel identification,” an imitative process that forecloses the development of psychic space. In this commentary I offer further reflections on how the ordinary jealousy of Oedipus leads to the expansion of psychic space and imagination, and how this process can be truncated by the cruelty inherent in traumatic jealousy.

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