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Keywords:

  • limits;
  • dialogue;
  • systems;
  • presence;
  • window;
  • embrace;
  • nondual

This article outlines my essential paradigm as it relates to self psychology, how I arrived at it, and how I would position my perspective in the context of the larger psychoanalytic and scientific community. My dialogic complexity systems model is most closely aligned with the intersubjective systems theory of Atwood and Stolorow and was shown to have acquired its defining shape in the context of an in-depth exploration of the connection between the latter theory and Kohut's self psychology. My paradigm is part of the wider relational turn in contemporary psychoanalysis. I have characterized the evolution of my perspective as my continuous preoccupation with the deepening and refinement of my understanding of the limits of psychoanalytic theory and practice and the cultivation of a clinical attitude that allows me to fully embrace those limits, an attitude that combines the caring ambience of genuine dialogue with the spiritual calmness of nondual awareness. My perspective can, therefore, be understood as my ongoing attempt at unifying my intellect, my heart, and my spirit into one experiential whole. A dialogic complexity systems model grounded in a post-Cartesian nondual philosophy constitutes the explanatory reduction of my theory and philosophy as lived in real time.