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Stern, D.B. (2020). Thinking Absence: A Discussion of “The Analyst’s Necessary Nonsovereignty and the Generative Power of the Negative”. Psychoanal. Dial., 30(2):150-159.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(2):150-159

Thinking Absence: A Discussion of “The Analyst’s Necessary Nonsovereignty and the Generative Power of the Negative”

Donnel B. Stern, Ph.D.

I begin by discussing the nature of the negative in McGleughlin’s paper (this issue), offering some examples of my own from the films of Kubrick and Malick. I go on to address how the negative can be a relational conception, as I read McGleughlin to suggest, and the role of destabilization as a clinical process in work with the negative, as well as in work with states of mind that allow representation. I end with a discussion of the application of a controversy over Lacan’s conception of the Real to the idea of the negative, and I suggest that analysts need to cultivate, for different kinds of psychic phenomena, both nonsovereignty and creative, expanded sovereignty.

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