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Dithrich, C.W. (2008). Commentary on Paper by Hilary Hoge. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(1):42-50.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(1):42-50

Commentary on Paper by Hilary Hoge Related Papers

Charles W. Dithrich, Ph.D.

In this discussion the author raises the question of the analyst's freedom to sustain paradoxical viewpoints, specifically with regard to dream interpretation and related links to internal objects and the self as they appear in the transference. Paradox allows for the creation of multiple, coexisting meanings that can be played with by patient and analyst. Paradox also makes possible an experience of decentering and destabilization pursuant to Bion's catastrophic change. The risk inherent in the emotional experience of catastrophic change may limit and at times foreclose both patient's and analyst's freedom to tolerate and sustain the effects of paradox.

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