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Becker, M. Shalgi, B. (2013). The Whole of the No-thing: Reply to Commentary. Psychoanal. Dial., 23(4):445-448.

(2013). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23(4):445-448

The Whole of the No-thing: Reply to Commentary

Mitchel Becker, Psy.D. and Boaz Shalgi, Ph.D.

We attempt to apply our conceptualization of the absencepresence dialectic and the capacity to disappear to our understanding of the experience and the treatment of trauma. Francisco Gonzalez challenges us to encounter the place of destruction and void where the absence is simply uncontainable. We suggest that the transformational meeting place between patient and therapist entails a reawakening of the movement between absence and presence, being and not-being, some-thing and no-thing, which were previously a frozen or derailed dialectic. The therapist's capacity to surrender to the temporary nihilation of the self within the therapeutic relationship is seen as the turning point in the reestablishment of movement and the creation of meaning.

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