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Edgar, J.R. (1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: Real Frogs in Imaginary Gardens: Facts and Fantasies in Psychoanalysis. Edgar Levenson. Pp. 552-567.. Psychoanal Q., 59:331-332.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: Real Frogs in Imaginary Gardens: Facts and Fantasies in Psychoanalysis. Edgar Levenson. Pp. 552-567.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:331-332

Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: Real Frogs in Imaginary Gardens: Facts and Fantasies in Psychoanalysis. Edgar Levenson. Pp. 552-567.

James R. Edgar

Levenson feels that the current dilemma over interpersonal and intrapsychic is a new version of an age-old dichotomy of human existence, imagination versus experience. He feels both the intrapsychic and the interpersonal have to be taken into account when working with patients, and he gives some clinical material of his own to illustrate and illuminate his position. While the continued polarization is unfortunate, he does not feel the two polarities are synthesizable. For him, this is not the dilemma, but the answer. That is, we must stop trying to make one theory, and the

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dichotomy must be accepted as necessary. Using the concept of creativity as "the ability to hold incompatible ideas simultaneously without resolution" as a beacon for psychoanalysts in this dilemma, he sees the resolution in accepting the inevitability of the conflict. He says that our clinical challenge is to decide which system is most relevant at what time and place.

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Article Citation

Edgar, J.R. (1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 59:331-332

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