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Gilhooley, D. (2010). The Third. Mod. Psychoanal., 35(1):68-84.

(2010). Modern Psychoanalysis, 35(1):68-84

The Third

Dan Gilhooley, Psya.D

The author describes his work with a father whose son has recently died of cancer. The patient's despair, along with the analyst's history of loss, contributes to a series of enactments that reveal the patient's and analyst's mutual vulnerability and dependency. Unconscious awareness of these similarities between them appears to stimulate a narcissistic transference and therapeutic symbiosis. Following these enactments the patient and analyst appear to dream the same dream of “waking up dead,” which heralds a turning point in the father's recovery. This dream, and the patient's subsequent short story based upon the dream, may provide evidence of Ogden's intersubjective analytic third.

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