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Splitting: The Meaning of Changing Psychoanalytic Institutes

I live in a city with two psychoanalytic institutes.  I trained for two years in the newer, “contemporary” institute before switching to the older, “conservative” one. I've now completed all the training requirements at the Toronto Institute and have never regretted the change.  In this paper, published two years ago in "The Candidate Journal," I explain what motivated my decision, the challenges in its execution, and how it has affected me.  I

explore the meaning of such a move, how switching institutes might be read and held by the psychoanalytic community, what sibling rivalries may have been stirred up, and whether it might be possible to leverage the experience and my “place” as a subject to help “bridge the divide.”


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    Karen Dougherty