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Bachant, J.L. Lynch, A.A. Richards, A.D. (1995). The Evolution Drive in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Reply to. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(4):565-573.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(4):565-573

Commentary on the Special Section Contemporary Structural Psychoanalysis and Relational Psychoanalysis (Vol. 12, No. 1)

The Evolution Drive in Contemporary Psychoanalysis: A Reply to Gill (1995)

Janet L. Bachant, Ph.D., Arthur A. Lynch, DSW and Arnold D. Richards, M.D.

Merton Gill's (1995) commentary on our article, “Relational Models in Psychoanalysis” (Bachant, Lynch, & Richards, 1995) highlighted issues at the cutting edge of psychoanalytic thinking, but evidences certain misunderstandings of the contemporary classical tradition that warrant clarification. Gill characterized the differences between the classical and relational points of view largely as attributable to differing hierarchical emphases on innate as opposed to experiential factors. What Gill calls the “innate” is not defined, however, with some resulting confusion of what he is trying to clarify.

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