The links she makes between these forms of psychoanalytic work highlight the 'art' of psychoanalysis
and in reading this book, I was reminded, as a psychotherapist, how much of ourselves we bring to the process, how much the process of psychotherapy asks of us and how much we can gain from it, when open to being changed ourselves.
On the other hand, however, Lacanian Psychoanalysis
is chock full of warnings against this same privileging gesture; against the way in which too much psychoanalytic theory draws on idealizations of the transformative power of clinical work, as well as misunderstandings and misapplications of the clinical concepts and phenomena invoked in psychoanalytically inspired varieties of social critique.
Kohut's optimism did much to make psychoanalysis
palatable to an American audience, the "Me Decade" marking the height of America's infatuation with Freud.
in a New Light, by Gunnar Karllson, is an original, fascinating comparison of the findings of phenomenolgy and psychoanalysis
In this second half, he is at his best in chapter 6, which is written as a kind of detective story as he traces the relationship between an obscure work by a Mexican jurist, Freud's views on the legal application of psychoanalysis
, and the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City.
However, the larger claim--that psychoanalysis
is the methodology par excellence for transforming the whole, broad field of cultural studies--is not satisfactorily substantiated by the study.
Finally, this issue was galvanized by the considerable influence of Marie Hoffman, whose psychoanalytic acumen and writing is appreciated by principals in the psychoanalytic community and whose passion for psychoanalysis
and agape love is contagious.
In other words, the content of early Freudian ideas has been emphasized at the cost of ignoring the overall image of intraindividual diversity that psychoanalysis
This collection takes up the uses of psychoanalysis
for cultural studies in the new millennium.
I defined psychoanalysis
as the first "theory and practice of personal life," by which I meant an historically new sense of internal, psychological life, disconnected from one's place in society, and even the family.
When Marcus (New Center for Psychoanalysis
, Los Angeles) concluded psychoanalysis
with his former patient "Hope," also an analyst, the two agreed that the sessions, often involving unconventional activities of the unconscious, were successful and fulfilling.
FREUD'S WIZARD: Ernest Jones and the Transformation of Psychoanalysis
by Brenda Maddox.