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De Simone Gaburri, G. (1990). Some Observations on Analysis Terminable and Interminable and on the Concept of Envy. Rivista Psicoanal., 36(4):862-876.

(1990). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 36(4):862-876


Some Observations on Analysis Terminable and Interminable and on the Concept of Envy Language Translation

Gilda De Simone Gaburri

My contribution to this symposium will only touch on some aspects of Analysis Terminable and Interminable. I have already discussed certain themes in earlier papers dealing with the termination of analysis; I will try to summarise them here so as to resume the discussion once again (de Simone Gaburri 1985; 1988; 1990). The first point concerns Freud's “pessimism”, which is more in evidence than ever in this work, and which various authors have often dwelt on. Irrespective of the attempts that have been made to interpret the work in the light of Freud's alleged personal anxieties, I believe we can all agree that he examines the problem of analyses from the angle of their therapeutic value and of a theory of change, since he as yet has no model of the analytic process and the transformations involved at his disposal.


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