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Chefetz, R. A. (2015). Intensive psychotherapy for persistent dissociative processes: The fear of feeling real. New York: W.W. Norton.

Dr. Chefetz discusses his book at Politics

& Prose bookstore, Washington, D.C.

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Chefetz, R. A. (1991, October 5, 1991). The erotic transference and the myth of the wounded healer. Paper presented at the Scientific Day, Clarence Schulz Prize Paper, The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.
Chefetz, R. A. (1995). Psychiatry disabused. Nature medicine, 1(6), 491-491.
Chefetz, R. A. (1997). Abreaction: baby or bathwater? DISSOCIATION, X(4), 203-213.
Chefetz, R. A. (1997). Special case transference and countertransference in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder. DISSOCIATION, 10(4), 255-265.
Chefetz, R. A. (1997). Towad feeling you feeling me feeling my feelings. DISSOCIATION, 10(4), 191.
Chefetz, R. A. (1997). Toward a psychology of human territoriality: the territorial self, an empathic explication of sadomasochism. submitted for publication.
Chefetz, R. A. (1998). Cutting, burning, and sadomasochism. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the District of Columbia Psychological Association, November 7, 1998, Washington, D.C.
Chefetz, R. A. (2000). Affect dysregulation as a way of life. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 28(2), 289-303.
Chefetz, R. A. (2000). Disorder in the therapist's view of the self: working with the person with dissociative identity disorder. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20(2), 305-329.
Chefetz, R. A. (2000). Memory, pain, agitation, and dissociation: Commentary on Scherder's "Low use of analgesics in Alzheimer's Disease: Possible Mechanisms". Psychiatry, 63(1), 1-12.
Chefetz, R. A. (2000). Prologue: On disbelief. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20(2), 186-193.
Chefetz, R. A. (2001). The fate of the self in dissociative identity disorder. KOS (in Italian)(191/192), 18-27.
Chefetz, R. A. (2003). Book Review: Ira Brenner, Dissociation of trauma: Theory, phenomenology, and technique. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40(1), 123-133.
Chefetz, R. A. (2003). Healing haunted hearts--toward a model for integrating subjectivity: commentary on papers by Philip Bromberg and Gerald Stechler. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 13(5), 727-742.
Chefetz, R. A. (2004). The paradox of "detachment-disorders": binding-disruptions of dissociative process, Commentary on "Cherchez la Femme, Cherchez la Femme: A paradoxical response to trauma (Penelope Hollander). Psychiatry, 67(3), 246-255.
Chefetz, R. A. (2004). Re-associating psychoanalysis and dissociation: A review of Ira Brenner's "Dissociation of Trauma: Theory, Phenomenology, and Technique". Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40(1), 123-133.
Chefetz, R. A. (2004). The Truth About Depression: Choices for Healing. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 192(11), 803.
Chefetz, R. A., & Bromberg, P. M. (2004). Talking with “Me” and “Not-Me”: A dialogue. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 40(3), 409-464.  
Chefetz, R. A. (2005). A cognitive psychoanalytic perspective on the treatment of complex dissociative disorders. Psychiatric Annals, 35(8), 657-665.
Chefetz, R. A. (2006). Considering medication use in the wake of traumatic experience: neurobiology, affect dysregulation, and the psychiatrist as a witness who may also prescribe. In E. K. Rynearson (Ed.), Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis (pp. 123-144). New York: Routledge.
Chefetz, R. A. (2006). Foreword: Is Affect Dysregulation a Factor That Corresponds Across Cultures with the Presence of Dissociative Processes? Journal of Trauma Practice, 4(1-2), xix-xxvi.
Chefetz, R. A. (2006). "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then": Interpreting implicit processes in the psychoanalytic exploration of mind. In J. Petrucelli (Ed.), Longing: Psychoanalytic musings on desire. London: Karnac.
Chefetz, R. A. (2008). Nolens volens out of darkness---from the depersonal to the "really" personal. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 44(1), 18-40.
Chefetz, R. A. (2009). Waking the dead therapist. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 19(4), 393-403.
Chefetz, R. A. (2010). Life as performance art: right and left brain function, implicit knowing, and "felt coherence". In J. Petrucelli (Ed.), Knowing, not knowing and sort-of-knowing: Psychoanalysis and the experience of uncertainty (pp. 258-278). New York: Karnac.
Chefetz, R. A. (2010). "T" in interpellation stands for terror: Commentary on paper by Orna Guralnik and Daphne Simeon. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 20, 417-437.
Chefetz, R. A. (2011). The orderly disorder of persistent dissociative processes. Paper presented at the Rapaport-Klein Study Group Annual Meeting, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Chefetz, R. A. (2013). A fluctuating capacity to mentalize: Affect scripts and self-state systems as (not so) "strange attractors": A discussion of Margy Sperry's "Putting our heads together: Mentalizing systems". Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 23(6), 708-714.
Chefetz, R. A. (2015). Commentary on Worrell and Denham: The fragmented sense of self is an epiphenomenon in dissociative disorders: Deactivation of dissociative processes in the relationship with self and others informs clinical trajectories. In D. J. Moseley & G. Gala (Eds.), Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, intersections, and new perspectives (pp. 238-248). New York: Routledge.
Chefetz, R. A. (2015). Intensive psychotherapy for persistent dissociative processes: The fear of feeling real. New York: W.W. Norton.
Chefetz, R. A. (2015). Ten Things to Consider on the Road to Recognizing Dissociative Processes in Your Psychotherapy Practice. Psychiatry, 78(3), 288-291.
Chefetz, R. A. (2016). The personal diagnostic crisis: The acknowledgement of self-states in DID. In E. Howell & S. Itzkowitz (Eds.), The dissociative mind in psychoanalysis: Understanding and working with trauma (pp. 200-209). New York: Routledge.
Chefetz, R. A. (2016). Sexual thoughts and feelings in the countertransference: Can we dance to the music, safely? In R. B. Gartner (Ed.), Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience. New York: Routledge.
Chefetz, R. A. (2017). Dignity is the Opposite of Shame, and Pride is the Opposite of Guilt. Attachment, 11(2), 119-133.
Chefetz, R. A. (2017). Hysteria and Dissociative Processes: A Latent Multiple Self-State Model of Mind in Self Psychology. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37(2), 82-94.
Chefetz, R. A. (2017). Issues in consultation for treatments with distressed activated abuser/protector self-states in dissociative identity disorder. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 18(3), 465-475.
Chefetz, R. A. (2017). Recognizing Dissociative Processes in Your Casework: Keeping the Body in Mind
Paper presented at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis: Embodying the Unspoken Self: Attachment, Trauma, Neurobiology and the Body, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Chefetz, R. A. (2019). Dissociative processes bias the psychodynamics underlying the subjective experience of self and the organization of mind. In Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (pp. 295-305): Elsevier.

Chefetz, R. A. (2020). Shame and the Developmental Antecedents of Enduring, Self-Critical Mental States: A Discussion and Some Speculations. Psychiatry, 83(1), 25-32.
Chefetz, R. A. (2021). Humiliation is Not Just About the Intent to Shame and Degrade. In D. J. Siegel, Schore, A.N., Cozolino, L. (Ed.), Interpersonal Neurobiology and Clinical Practice (pp. 135-168). New York: W.W.Norton.
Chefetz, R. A. (2021). Attackments: Subjugation, Shame, and the Attachment to Painful Affects and Objects. In O. B. Epstein (Ed.), Shame Matters: Attachment and relational perspectives for psychotherapists (pp. 60-76). London: Routledge.
Chefetz, R. A. (2022). The quest to understand and resolve persistent dissociative processes: A discussion of Levy and Shalgi,“Imagination and fantasy: The dialectic nature of the encounter with trauma and dissociation”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32(1), 76-86.


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