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Roth, M.S. (2008). Psychoanalysis and Nature: Commentary on Papers by Bodnar and Santostefano. Psychoanal. Dial., 18(4):536-540.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 18(4):536-540

Psychoanalysis and Nature: Commentary on Papers by Bodnar and Santostefano Related Papers

Michael S. Roth, Ph.D.

This is a response to papers by Sebastiano Santostefano and Susan Bodnar. The response argues that the psychoanalytic view of constitutive conflict makes any assimilation of analysis and ecology very problematic. Patients may benefit from being in pleasant surroundings outside urban areas, but this is not psychoanalytic work. Psychoanalysis would entail them coming to understand why they are fueled by desires they do not recognize as their own. It would entail them working through how these desires have come to belong to them. Calling these desires natural or unnatural is not helpful, and it may be pernicious.

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