Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To go directly to an article using its bibliographical details…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you know the bibliographic details of a journal article, use the Journal Section to find it quickly. First, find and click on the Journal where the article was published in the Journal tab on the home page. Then, click on the year of publication. Finally, look for the author’s name or the title of the article in the table of contents and click on it to see the article.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Rosenfield, K. (2017). We’ve Come Undone: Shape Shifting the Frame After the 2016 U.S. Election. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(3):370-371.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(3):370-371

We’ve Come Undone: Shape Shifting the Frame After the 2016 U.S. Election

Kim Rosenfield, L.C.S.W.

Two months after Donald Trump was elected president, I’m sitting in my kitchen having coffee with my colleague and friend who is telling me of more and more liberal, left-leaning hipster young men in his private practice who, with great shame, are revealing to him that something in Donald Trump’s anti-feminist, anti-immigrant, anti-pc, anti-mindful “tell it like it is” rhetoric speaks deeply to them and gives voice to what has always been unspeakable for them. We both express surprise at these fresh clinical findings, and try to guess at what it is about this generation of 20-something men that wants to come undone. I’m aware as we speak of feelings of envy that my colleague is privileged to be venturing deep into the psyche of the “other side” of the political debate, even if tentatively.

Since the November 2016 elections, I, on the other hand, have been consulting with the choir, submerged in an ego syntonic “echo-chamber” in which my patients, like me, weep, rage, organize, and try to disarm and reject what we do not want to accept. We are joined together in feeling traumatized. There are no big reveals, no deep, dark truths of identifying with what Trump espouses and represents. Are my colleague’s hip, young men identifying with the aggressor in order to be able to inhabit a new world order that calls upon them to be men in ways they were not raised and educated to be? Or does my own anger, resistance, fear, and

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2017, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.