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Simha-Alpern, A. (2012). The Facilitating Aspects of Termination and Posttermination: Commentary on Michael Shoshani (Rosenbaum's) Dare to be Human. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(1):41-48.
   

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(1):41-48

The Facilitating Aspects of Termination and Posttermination: Commentary on Michael Shoshani (Rosenbaum's) Dare to be Human

Amira Simha-Alpern, Ph.D.

The paper proposes that the termination and posttermination phases of psychoanalysis are important periods in which significant developmental achievements are attained. The author applies relational psychoanalytic principles in formulating potential growth and transformation during the termination and posttermination phases of psychoanalysis through examining a case illustration in Shoshani (Rosenbaum's) book Dare to be Human. She highlights that in Shoshani (Rosenbaum's) illustration both analyst and patient simultaneously negotiate the multiple configurations of preoedipal, oedipal, and postoedipal yearnings, thereby promoting the patient's ability to hold in mind complex and multilayered self-states' demands without fragmenting. It is argued that Shoshani (Rosenbaum's) negotiation of the therapeutic relationship—in particular, his complementary participation in the oedipal transference which is marked by idealization and rivalry, as well as his ability to extract himself from it through lending himself imperfect and tolerating his own deidealization, loss of primacy, and exclusion—facilitates his patient's growth and transformation and ushers him into a mutual and reality-based postoedipal organization.

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