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Blum, S. (2017). No Turning Back. Psychoanal. Inq., 37(8):507-511.

(2017). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(8):507-511

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No Turning Back

Sharon Zalusky Blum, Ph.D.

It has been 16 years since the publication of my article, “Infertility in the age of technology: From frozen sperm to egg donation.” Today I would title it simply “Fertility in the age of technology.” In that article, I presented Diana, an analytic patient in her middle forties, who became a mother through implantation of a donor egg. Her journey to parenthood was fraught with physical and emotional trauma partly as a result of ever more high-tech and invasive treatments. The purpose of my 2000 article was to discuss the anxieties that the then new biotech treatments caused for both patient and analyst. I stated, “What makes this unique for the analytic process is that we analysts must confront our own anxieties and the underlying fantasies stimulated by the new procedures at the same time as we are helping our patients analyze theirs. Patient and analyst alike become inextricably linked in an exploration that will ultimately have a profound impact on both participants. Regardless of theoretical position, we become a part of the process, willingly or not” (Blum, 2000, p. 1543). Now, in this article, I look beyond the consulting room. I reflect upon the relationship between societal influences and technological advances and their integration into psychoanalytic theory.

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