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Kaplinsky, M. Geller, S. (2015). The Sadomasochism of Everyday Life. Psychoanal. Inq., 35(3):245-256.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 35(3):245-256

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The Sadomasochism of Everyday Life

Margi Kaplinsky, M.S.W. and Shulamit Geller, Ph.D.

In an attempt to pinpoint what has formatively affected our therapeutic work, we were again and again confronted with our patients’ suffering, along with senses of frustration in facing it. As we pondered the persistent nature of suffering, we came to believe that sadomasochistic relations mark not only extreme cases of suffering and abuse, but are also prevalent in daily life and are characterized by pleasure of pain, domination, and special splitting. The shared process enabled us to broaden the various appearances of the sadomasochistic relations, as we were able to identify them along our cowriting, our therapeutic relationships (transference/countertransference), and our fantasized relations with former theoretical writers. This acknowledgment allowed our unbridled and pleasurable writing as well as the separate subjectivity of each of us.

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