The theory of dissociation in psychoanalysis
The purpose of this essay is to pick up the topic of dissociation and refine aswell as readjust it in such a way that we can use in our clinical setting. Dissociation has been discussed increasingly in recent psychoanalytic literature. Works by Phillip Bromberg ( ) and Donnel Stern ( ) are most conspicuous examples. We can find very precious messages from their works; the concept of dissociation not only plays an important role in stressing the issue of trauma and supplement the deficit model, but also proposes a paradigm with such concepts as therapist’s spontaneity, subjectivity and enactment as a key to treating those suffer from trauma. However, what is discussed as dissociation in their works is limited to what Stern called “weak dissociation”. In this paper I would like to propose a system of theory which also includes what Stern called “strong dissociation of Dissociation with capital D what I would like to call.