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Atlas-Koch, G. (2010). Confusion of Tongues: Trauma and Playfulness. Psychoanal. Perspect., 7(1):131-152.

(2010). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 7(1):131-152

Confusion of Tongues: Trauma and Playfulness

Galit Atlas-Koch, Ph.D.

“Let us then go down and there confuse their language, so that one will not understand what another says.”

(Genesis 11:1-9)

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On that evening, tomaz entered my office, smiled broadly, and apologized. “I've got to finish something here,” he said, beginning to click a text message on his cell phone. “It seems to me that the treatment is over,” he added humorously immediately after finishing. “I've achieved my goals, so it's time, isn't it? It's taken me 10 years.” I still did not understand what he was talking about, but I was well acquainted with his playful way. “I'll explain, I'll explain,” he said, returning to his phone, and he began reading: “‘I can't meet you today, I'm not feeling well.’ She wrote this to me this morning, and I felt like crying. You know how much I've been waiting for this meeting with her,” he said, adding, “but then I thought of you, and I thought of myself immediately taking the back seat of the bus.

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