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Wheeler vega, J.A. (2018). Arlow's “Fantasy, Memory, and Reality Testing”: The World Found and Refound. Psychoanal Q., 87(1):171-191.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1):171-191

Arlow's “Fantasy, Memory, and Reality Testing”: The World Found and Refound

Jason A. Wheeler vega


As with any interpretive project, there are a number of ways to approach a writer like Arlow and this paper in particular. A previous revisit in The Psychoanalytic Quarterly of another classic paper by Arlow, his “Unconscious Fantasy and Disturbances of Conscious Experience” (2008/1969; hereafter “Disturbances”), was given two quite different readings, by Shapiro (2008) and Moss (2008). Although his “Disturbances” paper was published concurrently with the one we are currently revisiting, “Fantasy, Memory, and Reality Testing” (1969; hereafter “Fantasy”), it was in fact presented several years earlier, in 1963, and stands in relation to it as a prototype.

Shapiro (2008) gave an appreciation of Arlow's “Disturbances” and of his legacy in analysis. It was written from the perspective of someone who was taught by and studied with Arlow when he had become a venerable figure, and his reading aimed to deflect looming critiques of Arlow's classical theory and technique.

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