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Knox, J. (2002). Editorial. J. Anal. Psychol., 47(4):535.

(2002). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 47(4):535


Jean Knox

Moving to five issues in 2003

My co-editor Joe Cambray and I are very pleased to announce that the year 2003 will mark a new departure for the Journal of Analytical Psychology, in that we are increasing the number of issues from four to five a year, which will be published in February, April, June, September and November. This means more papers will be published during the course of a year and a quicker turn round for the publication of accepted papers, so maintaining the pace of academic discussion, which is so vital for our profession.

The papers in the current issue illustrate the rich diversity of such debates, drawing on mythology, music, politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis, which are amongst the range of intellectual, professional and clinical sources which contribute to the theory and practice of analytical psychology.

The papers from the Anglo-French-Belgian conference draw on the story of Nymphea to explore the clinical implications of a collapse between internal and external objects, which destroys the space necessary for representation and symbolization. Henry Abramovitch draws on the metaphor of the ‘temenos’ to conceptualize therapeutic containment and gives a vivid clinical account of two patients who experienced ‘temenos lost’, the loss of the holding function of the analytic space.

Helen Morgan's paper also raises ‘temenos’ issues, examining the powerful impact of unconscious prejudice on clinical practice; the relationship between a white therapist and a black patient is explored through an unbidden thought and a verbal slip that occurred in the course of the therapy, highlighting the unconscious assumptions about race which became apparent in their work together.

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