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It is always useful to review an article’s bibliography and references to get a deeper understanding of the psychoanalytic concepts and theoretical framework in it.

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Silverman, S., LCSW (2019). Did You Say He Has a Hitler Mustache?: Analytic Vulnerability and Destabilization in the Face of Trauma. Psychoanal. Dial., 29(1):13-19.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29(1):13-19

Did You Say He Has a Hitler Mustache?: Analytic Vulnerability and Destabilization in the Face of Trauma

Sandra Silverman, LCSW

This paper looks at analytic vulnerability and destabilization through a detailed clinical example. There are different ways in which we may be vulnerable with our patients. In this paper I describe the raw and sudden vulnerability of allowing ourselves to be in a place of not knowing when both patient and analyst are unable “to see.” I describe an experience in which I lose my ability “to see,” both literally and metaphorically, while in session with a patient who is unable “to see” because she has dissociated her experience of loss and her experience of a sense of danger when in the presence of her stepfather. I link this clinical experience to the patient’s dissociated feelings and to my history of intergenerational trauma as well to current cultural violence and hate.

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