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Orgel, S. (2000). Letting Go: Some Thoughts About Termination. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 48(3):719-738.

(2000). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 48(3):719-738

Letting Go: Some Thoughts About Termination

Shelley Orgel

Termination of analysis is discussed from three perspectives. First, considered as a vicissitude of the analytic relationship, termination contains essential elements of the psychoanalytic process itself. Cycles of attachment, loss, mourning, and internalization mark moments in, as well as overviews of, every analysis from its beginning to well past its termination. Second, Freud's approach to the subject of termination is explored and widened, with an emphasis on its relation to mourning and on the depth and permanence of analytic transference—two dimensions relatively neglected by Freud, perhaps for personal reasons. Finally, clinical issues are presented that are meaningful to the author in his work with analysands, including his work as a training analyst.

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