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Williams, P. (2017). Commentary on “Considering Gestational Life” by Thomas Cohen. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(5):582-587.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(5):582-587

Commentary on “Considering Gestational Life” by Thomas Cohen

Paul Williams, Ph.D.

Cohen’s paper (this issue) is discussed from a temporal persepective in order to query the place of psychic movement in nonsymbolic, “gestational” states and in treatment, and the relationship of these to personality development. The question of unconscious psychotic hostility to change is raised. The discussant queries the relevance of “merger” in “objectless intersubjectivity” in the context of the “systemic interchange” emphasized by the author, where it seems that the process of “interchange” is prior. Finally, the discussant raises the question of the role of primordial, “live” silence in gestation and in treatment.

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