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Midwifery of the Soul: Holistic Perspective on Psychoanalysis

: Arden, M

This text examines how, early in her career, Margaret Arden became fascinated by the problem of the gap between theory and practice. As a result she believed the only thing she could rely upon when reflecting on her work was her sense of the truth of what was going on in the consulting room. This text considers Margaret Arden’s belief that there is such a thing as psychic truth, a concept which can be found in all religions as well as psychoanalysis. Read more…

The Psychoanalytic Mystic

: Eigen, Michael

Advocating a call to the return to the spiritual in psychoanalysis, Michael Eigen illustrates his writing with the work of Bion, Milner and Winnicott. He expands on his call to celebrate and explore the meaning of mystical experience within psychoanalysis and considers how both patient and analyst to be immersed in each other. In the text he explores how this immersion restores and enriches, and drains. Read more…

Life Narcissism Death Narcissism

: Green, Andre

This English translation of Narcissisme de Vie Narcissisme de Mort covers Andre Green’s attempt to link the theory of narcissism to Freud’s final theory of the drives. While narcissism is generally only considered in terms of its positive aspects in which it is linked to the life drives, Green shows that it is necessary to postulate the existence of a death-giving narcissism, which he calls negative narcissism. Read more…

Wilfred Bion: Life & Works

: Bleandonu, Gerard

Gerard Bleandonu takes us through Bion’s personal and intellectual explorations and gives clear expositions of his key concepts, including work groups and basic assumption groups; psychotic processes; the grid; epistemology; catastrophic change; abandonment of memory and desire; the mystic; ultimate truth. Finally, he guides the reader through the Memoir of the Future and the final writings, including the posthumous Cogitations. Read more…

Plea for a Measure of Abnormality

: McDougall, Joyce

This is Joyce McDougall’s most comprehensive clinical and theoretical book. Its title conveys her tolerant stance toward human differences and forms of deviance. It is among the wisest and best-loved psychoanalytic works ever written. Read more…

Jungian Thought in the Modern World

: Elphis, Christopher Solomon, Hester

This is an introduction by Christopher Elphis and Hester Solomon to the thought of Carl Gustav Jung, describing how ideas of Jungian depth psychology impact on and relate to the major scientific and cultural issues and trends of the 20th century and beyond. It explores issues such as the origins of the self, family and gender, social conflict, racism, international strife, the new scientific thinking, the sources of the renewed interest in religion, ethics and artistic creativity. Jung’s life and work were concerned with two major themes, which are still relevant at the beginning of the millennium: the discovery and mapping of the unconscious, an internal source of creativity or destruction for each individual; and those outbreaks of dreadful violence and expressions of awesome creativity which can erupt from within the collective unconscious of humans as a group. Read more…

Universals of Psychoanalysis in the Treatment of Psychotic and Borderline States

: Rey, Henri Magagna, Jeanne

This collection of papers offers a strikingly original synthesis of Kleinian and Piagetian ideas. All who work with psychotic or borderline patients will have much to learn from Dr Henri Rey’s imaginative grasp of both the primitive and more developed mental processes at work in the disorders and their treatment. This book will enable a wider public to become acquainted with some of the most original and creative ideas to be found in the interface between psychoanalysis, psychiatry and other disciplines. Read more…

The Work of the Negative

: Green, Andre

Andre Green draws our attention to the work of the negative in Freud, examining aspects which are not normally associated with it: dream work, the work of mourning, identification, etc. From the clinical point of view, it can be said that the Freudian development ranges from neurosis as the ‘negative of perversion’, to the masochism which underlies the ‘negative therapeutic reaction’ reflecting the pessimism of the final years, but whose mystery is unravelled to some extent when one recognises in it the style which is peculiar to non-neurotic structures i.e. borderline cases. The kernel of Green’s argument is that the development of the ego and any experiencing of ourselves as ‘subjects’ has to be achieved against an essential background of loss and of absence. The phrase ‘work of the negative’ refers to how we do or do not cope with this inevitability of lacking what we want. The work of the negative as it is conceived of here groups together the heterogeneous forms of repression, foreclosure, disavowal and negation. It enables us both to grasp the unity which exists between them and to recognise the sign of their intervention by distinguishing their effects, for these are the best indicators of the subject’s structure and determine the outcome of the analysis. The author cautions the reader to be wary of attributing an exclusively pathological meaning to the work of the negative. The negative through repression and sublimation, is a mark of the general human condition; it is necessary to say ‘no’ to excessive instinctuality in order to belong to the human community. However, for some people, who are in the grip of destructive negativity, this ‘no’ becomes a refusal to livehumanely. Read more…

Fairbairn and the Origins of Object Relations

: Grotstein, James S. Rinsley, Donald B

Fairbairn’s work is increasingly influential in research on infant development, child abuse, and the borderline, schizoid and narcissistic disorders. This volume is the first to bring together the works of those who have studied Fairbairn’s ideas most closely. The papers are expository, exploratory and illustrative and cover all aspects of his life, work and influence; contributors include the most eminent students of Fairbairn in both Britain and the USA. Edited by James S. Grotstein and  Donald B Rinsley. Read more…

Theatres of the Mind

: McDougall, Joyce

Using the idiom of drama, Joyce McDougall here describes how we play out compulsive scripts in our lives, inner worlds, symptoms and in the therapeutic transference.  Starting from the theorectial fram developed in her earlier book, McDougall now presents a comprehensive view of the five fundamental types of psychopathology: neuroses; severe character disorders and addictive personalities; perversions; psychoses; and the psychosomatic disorders.  Her primary interest is in achieving an understanding in depth of her patients’ psychopathology as represented by what she calls “theatres of the mind. Read more…