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Saketopoulou, A. (2017). Muriel Dimen: Teacher, Mentor, Psychoanalytic Scholar. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(2):143-148.

(2017). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(2):143-148

Muriel Dimen: Teacher, Mentor, Psychoanalytic Scholar

Avgi Saketopoulou, Psy.D.

This essay is split in content and intent. In the first part, I share my reflections from my long personal relationship with Muriel Dimen, who taught, supervised, and mentored me as a young candidate and beginning scholar. In this part, I try convey how staunch and thorough her commitment, how extraordinary her generosity was in supporting the intellectual development of a new generation of emerging psychoanalytic thinkers and theorists.

The second part, written in an entirely different tone, takes on the body of work Dimen produced in the last decade of her life, which focused on sexual boundary violations. This work highlights the hybridity of her thinking and the brilliance of her mind. I flesh out the genealogy of her reflections on this topic and discuss in some depth how her last, posthumously published paper changes the terms of the conversation in this very difficult matter. In this topic, as she had previously done in many others, Dimen’s contribution introduced an entirely novel way to think about the recalcitrant problem of sexual abuses in the consulting room.

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