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Altman, N. (2017). Thoughts from a Safe Harbor: Commentary on The Problem of Thinking by Yvette Esprey. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(1):43-46.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(1):43-46

Thoughts from a Safe Harbor: Commentary on The Problem of Thinking by Yvette Esprey Related Papers

Neil Altman, Ph.D.

Yvette Esprey’s claim that race has the capacity to disrupt thinking in the analytic situation accords with my own experience. In this discussion I take up the question as to why ruptures that occur around race may have a special capacity to disrupt and disable analytic thinking. I look in detail at Esprey’s instructive clinical experience as it gives us a template, something to fall back on, in those moments when anxiety overwhelms us around a racial disruption. Such a template can settle us until we can restore a sense of self that is both raced and analytically focused on the rupture at hand with all its personal and social/historical resonances.

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