"Muriel Dimen’s “Lapsus linguae, or A Slip of the Tongue? A Sexual Violation in an Analytic Treatment and Its Personal and Theoretical Aftermath”"
Title/Paper: Muriel Dimen's "Lapsus linguae, or A Slip of the Tongue? A Sexual Violation in an Analytic Treatment and Its Personal and Theoretical Aftermath." published in the recent issue of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Author: Muriel Dimen
Dates: Monday, May 9 - Sunday, May 22 , 2011
Katie Gentile, Eyal Rozmarin
Glen Gabbard, Ann Pellegrini, Charles Levin, Mark Blechner, Stanely Coen, Elisabeth Hanscombe, Stephen Hartman, Orna Guralnik, Stuart Pizer, Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Andrea Celenza
Sexual boundary violations are as old as psychoanalysis itself. Yet, even as this professional, intellectual, clinical, and personal dilemma is receiving more attention in the literature, it endures. Do analysts not want to think or talk about it? Is our shared shame, or even ambivalence, in the way? Is the primal crime inherently unstoppable? The author, an analyst herself, addresses this disturbing matter by examining her own experience of a sexual boundary violation from clinical and theoretical perspectives. Locating her analyst’s transgression in its 1970s cultural history, this article attempts to decipher what led up to it: what did the analyst do and not do, say and not say? How did the analyst’s character combust with the author’s to produce a conflagration about which the analyst never spoke and the author/patient remained silent for 30 years? And under what circumstances can the damage inflicted by such an ethical lapse be transformed?
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