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Baker, J. (2006). The Presence of the Absent Object in the Compulsion to Repeat. Mod. Psychoanal., 31(1):58-65.

(2006). Modern Psychoanalysis, 31(1):58-65

The Presence of the Absent Object in the Compulsion to Repeat

Janine Baker

This paper explores relationships between André Green's “work of the negative” and the compulsion to repeat, with particular focus on repetitions that occur within the consulting room. The author combines theoretical concepts with clinical material by drawing upon her personal history and suggests connections between the meanings Green's work holds for her and her “neither/nor” relationship with a father who never existed.

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