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Goldberg, A. (1998). Deconstructing the Dialectic. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 79:215-226.

(1998). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 79:215-226

Deconstructing the Dialectic

Arnold Goldberg

The author examines some of the newly offered ideas and concepts about the interaction of the patient and the analyst. This interaction is termed a dialectic in the sense of interacting forces and this study is called a deconstruction, which is an effort to see how unstable and self-contradictory these new ideas may be. They are examined in terms of viewpoints of analysis as a developmental process, the location of the data of analysis, and the technical modifications that follow from this changed theoretical vision. A clinical example is offered to demonstrate the resultant problems. The suggested present status of the impact of these new ideas is that of a family of related concepts with no unifying theory.

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