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Scientific Meetings of The American Institute for Psychoanalysis

Scientific Meetings of The American Institute for Psychoanalysis The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 61, No. 3, September 2001 (2001) Scientific Meetings of The American Institute for Psychoanalysis Edited by Daniel Feld, M.A. BUT WHAT DO YOU WANT? THE PROBLEM OF AN ABSENCE OF DESIRE Presenter: Joyce A. Slochower, Ph.D. Discussant: Giselle Galdi, Ph.D. Date: November 16, 2000 Dr. Slochower’s presentation centered around the question of how to treat pa- tients who cannot access their feelings and desires and who are therefore unable to express them to others. She began with the case presentation of M, a man who reported that his girlfriend had nearly broken off their relationship because of his inability to express his desires, which resulted in her feeling suffocated by his ten- dency to go along with her. According to his girlfriend, he did not seem like a whole person because he had no access to his feelings. M was surprised by her reactions to him, but nevertheless, he was still unable to please her by identifying and expressing what he truly wanted. Dr. Slochower sought out ways of identifying, understanding, and facilitating the communication of M’s inner thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Central to Dr. Slochower’s paper was the concept of interiority. This http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Scientific Meetings of The American Institute for Psychoanalysis

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 61 (3) – Oct 3, 2004

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1023/A:1010233502884
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The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 61, No. 3, September 2001 (2001) Scientific Meetings of The American Institute for Psychoanalysis Edited by Daniel Feld, M.A. BUT WHAT DO YOU WANT? THE PROBLEM OF AN ABSENCE OF DESIRE Presenter: Joyce A. Slochower, Ph.D. Discussant: Giselle Galdi, Ph.D. Date: November 16, 2000 Dr. Slochower’s presentation centered around the question of how to treat pa- tients who cannot access their feelings and desires and who are therefore unable to express them to others. She began with the case presentation of M, a man who reported that his girlfriend had nearly broken off their relationship because of his inability to express his desires, which resulted in her feeling suffocated by his ten- dency to go along with her. According to his girlfriend, he did not seem like a whole person because he had no access to his feelings. M was surprised by her reactions to him, but nevertheless, he was still unable to please her by identifying and expressing what he truly wanted. Dr. Slochower sought out ways of identifying, understanding, and facilitating the communication of M’s inner thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Central to Dr. Slochower’s paper was the concept of interiority. This

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Published: Oct 3, 2004

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