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Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise

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ROBIN  and  ZALCBERG, Tania Mara. A voice lost, a voice found: after the death of the analyst. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.3, pp. 133-144. ISSN 0486-641X.

What is the fate of the analytic life created by the analysand and the analyst when only half the dyad remains? This essay explores the authors experience in the wake of her analyst's sudden death. After experiencing the abrupt loss of her analyst, the author loses contact with that part of herself that had come to access thoughts and feelings and share them with a particular other. In this essay, the author describes the process of alteration in her relationship with the person, transferential and real, of her analyst. She focuses on a series of dreams, which she had after her analyst's death, that illustrates how maintaining and cementing her relationship with her deceased analyst, through internalization, eased the return of her analysand voice. The author explores the confounding variable of entering another analytic relationship in the aftermath of the traumatic ending to her previous analysis.

Keywords : mourning; grief; death of the analyst; dreams; analysand voice.

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