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Siblings, transference, and the lateral dimension of psychic life.

The author considers developmental and transferential implications of the lateral dimension of psychic life, which entails the challenge to forge a unique and valued identity in a world of one’s equals, beginning with siblings. The lateral dimension intersects with the vertical dimension of hierarchical relationships, notably those between child and parent. Consideration of the lateral dimension and its particular developmental challenge promises to expand our understanding of the processes of identity development and of transferences involving both siblings and parents. Moreover, conceiving of psychic life as comprising two dimensions may help to contextualize existing psychoanalytic understanding of sibling-related processes in light of fundamental tenets of psychoanalytic theory. A de…

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Siblings, transference, and the lateral dimension of psychic life.

The author considers developmental and transferential implications of the lateral dimension of psychic life, which entails the challenge to forge a unique and valued identity in a world of one’s equals, beginning with siblings. The lateral dimension intersects with the vertical dimension of hierarchical relationships, notably those between child and parent. Consideration of the lateral dimension and its particular developmental challenge promises to expand our understanding of the processes of identity development and of transferences involving both siblings and parents. Moreover, conceiving of psychic life as comprising two dimensions may help to contextualize existing psychoanalytic understanding of sibling-related processes in light of fundamental tenets of psychoanalytic theory. A de…

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Social Anxiety Disorder and Phased Treatment

This study is being conducted with qualified individuals 18 – 65 years old suffering from social anxiety disorder. The study explores how the FDA-approved medication paroxetine (Paxil) affects coping behaviors men and women typically use to deal with anxiety in social situations. Participants will be asked to attend 10 sessions over the course of 22 weeks, as well as two follow-up visits at 3 and 6 months following the medication phase. 80 subjects will be recruited – 40 at the Medical University of South Carolina and 40 at the University of Minnesota. (Source: MUSC Mental Health Podcast)

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