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Nahum, J.P. (2017). What Is Enactment What Is Dissociation. Psychoanal. Dial., 27(5):621-629.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 27(5):621-629

What Is Enactment What Is Dissociation

Jeremy P. Nahum, M.D.

The current discussion offers an alternative to the dissociative self-state model of enactment and dissociation, emphasizing implicit memory processes in bodily comportment and style of relating with others. By embedding the occurrence of enactments within the ongoing flow of nonlinear dyadic process, the focus shifts to the subtle back-and-forth between patient and analyst that leads to the emergence of new relational (i.e., procedural) skills within a therapeutic relationship that is self-organizing at more inclusive levels. Enactment is thus seen as an emergent property of the dyad.

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