The dreaded promise of Christmas and the New Year.

@article{Shengold2007TheDP,
  title={The dreaded promise of Christmas and the New Year.},
  author={Leonard Shengold},
  journal={The Psychoanalytic quarterly},
  year={2007},
  volume={76 4},
  pages={1351-60}
}
For many patients, mixed feelings of promise and dread that can accompany the holiday season appear in consciousness faintly and fleetingly, usually in the form of bad expectations. But the "dreaded promise" (an oxymoron) of change can come to full life and is always potentially present, especially at separations, and is usually perceptible by the analyst… CONTINUE READING