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Wolff Bernstein, J. (2012). Commentary on Paper by Danielle Knafo. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(1):72-75.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(1):72-75

Commentary on Paper by Danielle Knafo

Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.

The author discusses the importance of Knafo's rich paper on the often neglected subject of solitude but argues for a clearer demarcation of the multifarious states of aloneness, solitude, loneliness, and isolation. While solitude constitutes a state of plentitude, demonstrating an ability to be alone in the company of an Other, loneliness, in contrast, conjures up a sense of dread and despair, foreseeing no link to an Other. Hence, an artwork can fulfill radically different aspects of the various states of aloneness, it can be a product emerging out of a full sense of solitude, or it can function as a forceful shield against the unbearable sense of loneliness.

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