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Shane, E. Coburn, W.J. (2002). Epilogue. Psychoanal. Inq., 22(5):871-872.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 22(5):871-872


Estelle Shane, Ph.D. and William J. Coburn, Ph.D., Psy.D.

It is with Deep Gratitude that we, as the Editors of this Issue. Wish to acknowledge the individual expertise and unique perspectives of the authors included in this volume. Each has made important contributions to our understanding of the origination and peculiarity of human experience and its positive transformation via psychoanalytic processes and relationships. Combined, they have addressed a multitude of themes essential to psychoanalysis, including dissociation, affectivity and its multiple levels of expression, representation, clinical spontaneity and surprise, therapeutic action, therapeutic change, contextualism, emergence, distribution, neurobiology, and unconscious and nonconscious processes. Furthermore, their individual efforts combine to formulate a new world view, one perhaps not unfamiliar to the realm of physics or evolutionary biology, but one only recently introduced to psychoanalysis and to the study of human experience. Thus, taken together, these essays posit and elaborate an innovative global perspective on vital themes in our field, and, as in any system, their totality offers more than the component parts.

In sum, the contributors have treated us to a contemporary vantage point from which we necessarily witness the nonlinearity, dynamism, fluidity, and unpredictability of emotional experience and its potential for creation and transformation. This perspective engenders a vision of individual experiential worlds not as isolated, predetermined, and predictable, but as quintessentially relational, able and open to change in surprising ways, and continually in flux. In such an experiential world, the realm of the implicit is seamlessly intertwined with and informative of the explicit, just as the realm of the explicit is interwoven with and influences the implicit, and relational knowing is a combination of both, a combination, that is, of both the implicit and the explicit domains of experience.

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