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Kuchuck, S. Pines, D. (2011). A Note from the Editors. Psychoanal. Perspect., 8(2):iv-v.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 8(2):iv-v

A Note from the Editors

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW and Deborah Pines, LCSW

In our fall issue, we invite you to take a journey with us to explore questions not often addressed in the psychoanalytic literature. We begin with what role temperament, cognitive style, and other biological determinants play in understanding development and functioning, and how we address this in the treatment. Margaret Crastnopol poses some provocative questions and tentative answers in “The Organismic Otherness of Being.” Ken Frank's “Gray Cloth: A Discussion of Margaret Crastnopol's ‘The Organismic Otherness of Being”’ and Melanie Suchet's “Discussion of Margaret Crastnopol: ‘The Organismic Otherness of Being”’ both raise some important questions about the author's controversial premise, and they provide an opportunity for further elaboration and clarification when Crastnopol responds.

One of relational psychoanalysis's more valuable contributions is the framework and mandate it provides for examining cultural, social, and other so-called “nontraditional” psychoanalytic issues. We are proud to be continuing that tradition with noted Israeli analyst Chana Ullman, who has written “Between Denial and Witnessing: Psychoanalysis and Clinical Practice in the Israeli Context.” Ullman's paper addresses some of the dilemmas facing psychotherapists practicing within a sociopolitical context of ongoing trauma.

In his commentary, Neil Altman extends some of his important thinking in this area, and in “Acknowledgment of Collective Trauma in Light of Dissociation and Dehumanization,” Jessica Benjamin elaborates on the author's themes and applies her own understanding of the concept of witnessing to this troubled region.

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