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Rangell, L. (1983). Some Thoughts on Barry Siegel's Thoughts on “Thoughts on Termination”. Psychoanal. Inq., 3(4):705-714.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 3(4):705-714

Some Thoughts on Barry Siegel's Thoughts on “Thoughts on Termination”

Leo Rangell, M.D.

This is a reply to the discussion of Dr. Barry Siegel (1982) to my paper on termination in a recent issue of this Journal (Rangell, 1982).

My first remarks relate to Dr. Siegel's questions about the centrality of anxiety in neurosogenesis. To Dr. Siegel's disagreement with what he paraphrases as my opinions, I did not state nor do I feel that anxiety is the only motive for defense. Quite the contrary, the entire gamut of unpleasurable affectsdepression, guilt, shame, or more commonly, various combinations and subtle shadings of these, are operative intrapsychically as the motive for defense and subsequent compromise formations. I not only agree that other affects of unpleasure play a part in initiating and maintaining the neurotic state but would go further. I think that all of them play a part commonly, if not perhaps in all cases. Affective states of unpleasure, I have pointed out, usually present themselves clinically as an aggregate syndrome, akin to Glover's (1938) “fused affects,” which remain the task of the analyst to destratify in the analytic process.

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