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Aronson, S. (2019). Phantom Threads, Invisible Bridges: Discussion of “Old Objects Die Hard: Generational Ruptures”. Psychoanal. Dial., 29(6):653-658.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29(6):653-658

Phantom Threads, Invisible Bridges: Discussion of “Old Objects Die Hard: Generational Ruptures”

Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

Language is an important tool in helping the traumatized individual to make sense of his experience. The talking cure, to be sure, is integral. But what of the role of silence? Are there times when the analyst must hold back, contain and not respond? What are some of the possible enactments that occur when the analyst empathically intervenes? The traumatized analyst, in an attempt to resonate with the patient by drawing on her own experience, may, in fact, not allow room and space for the patient. Such enactments which bring us face-to-face with the limits of our theory and concepts, are considered.

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