Title: Beyond the Dyad: Individual Psychology, Social World
Author: Nancy J. Chodorow
In recent years analytic writing, presenting, and clinical discussion almost universally accord attention to the analytic dyad. My reflections here propose two kinds of reservation about this ubiquitous focus. On the one hand, it leads us away from the richness and complexity of the patient’s intrapsychic life—her clinical individuality—which psychoanalysis alone among the therapies works to expand. On the other hand, we err in thinking that the dyad is isolated, when in fact it is always situated beyond itself.