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Hoffman, I.Z. (2007). Reply to Jon Mills (2006): An Open Letter to the Members of Division 39. Psychoanal. Psychol., 24(2):401-405.

(2007). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 24(2):401-405

Reply to Jon Mills (2006): An Open Letter to the Members of Division 39 Related Papers

Irwin Z. Hoffman, Ph.D.

This letter is an objection to the publication of a series of remarks by Jon Mills in the commentary entitled “A response to my critics” (23 [1]: 197-209, 2006). The remarks are ad hominem attacks on the behavior of Jody Davies and myself at a panel at the Division 39 meeting in New York on April 17, 2005. The remarks precede his commentary on three written discussions of a version of the paper presented at the panel that was later published in Psychoanalytic Psychology. Mills claims that all I did from the floor was rant and rave about his criticisms of Stephen Mitchell, attacking him in an ad hominem way without having anything to say substantively about his critique. I object that the editor allowed these remarks to be published despite their vitriolic content and the fact that the reader has no way of checking the accuracy of Mills' representation of what I (and Dr. Davies) said and did. In addition, the letter includes an account of the arguments that I presented at that panel, rebutting Mills' claim that I presented nothing substantive at all.

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