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Roth, P. Segal, H. (1990). Discussion: A Kleinian View. Psychoanal. Inq., 10(4):541-549.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 10(4):541-549

Discussion: A Kleinian View

Priscilla Roth, B.A and Hanna Segal, M.D.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this colloquium, and we thank Dr. Fosshage for making available to us such detailed clinical material. We are acutely aware of the difficulties involved in an analysis being presented in such detail, but, like Dr. Fosshage, we believe that only by looking closely at what goes on from moment to moment within a session — looking at the raw data and not at the analyst's summary after the event — can we effectively discuss our different points of view. We are grateful to Dr. Fosshage for making this possible.

The material itself is extremely interesting and seems particularly well suiied to demonstrate the way current events both within and outside of the analysis get woven, along with dreams and memories and associations, into a rich transference relationship in which the patient's central difficulties and disturbances are manifested and can be analyzed and worked through.

Dr. Fosshage quite rightly stresses the complications created in an analysis by the introduction of a request from the analyst to publish analytic material. He clearly gave a great deal of thought to this matter, and of course those of us who now benefit from being able to work with the material must be grateful that he felt he could proceed. We feel, however, that we would have wanted to look further at what the meaning of the request might be to the


Mrs. Roth is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the British Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Segal is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the British Psychoanalytic Society.

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