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Am J Psychoanal. 2009 Dec;69(4):304-10; discussion 311-3. doi: 10.1057/ajp.2009.22.

Imagining the Truth. Discussion of Prince's "The Self in Pain: The Paradox of Memory. The Paradox of Testimony".

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  • 1New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NY, NY, USA.


The discussion highlights the significant role played by imagination in representing the horrors that resist representation. It is Dr. Tylim's position that imagination assists patient and analyst in overcoming the limitations of memory. Imagination is the gateway to truth. In working with survivors, the therapeutic encounter may become a stage where unspeakable experiences attain presence in their absence. The silence or the gaps are then the victim's testimony.

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