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Cohen, T. (2017). Reconsidering “Considering Gestational Life”: Reply to Commentaries by Levine and Williams. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(5):588-594.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(5):588-594

Reconsidering “Considering Gestational Life”: Reply to Commentaries by Levine and Williams

Thomas Cohen, DMH

The two commentaries of “Considering Gestational Life” are both wonderful in their generative reflections and from such uniquely different perspectives. Each has generated an array of new questions about the nature and impact of gestation that are yet to be substantially explored. This discussion attempts to further their inquiries by focusing on how “gestational thinking” leads us into exploring Negative Capability; the improvisational nature of analytic process; objectivity versus subjectivity; reconsidering the impact of gestational trauma; the epistimophilic instinct; gender bias; clarifying “objectless intersubjectivity”; the role of silence, isolation, interiority, and privacy in analytic listening; what patients seek in treatment; and clarification of the meaning of “merger” and “unity.”

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