Words That Touch: A Psychoanalyst Learns to Speak

Author(s) : Danielle Quinodoz

Words That Touch: A Psychoanalyst Learns to Speak

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2003
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 222
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 17691
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855759435
  • ISBN 10 : 1855759438

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In her attempt to find the words that touch, Danielle Quinodoz gives a succession of illuminating examples to indicate what a psychoanalyst and her patient may experience in the transference relationship during the course of an analysis. On the basis of her clinical experience, the author points out that we all use relatively mature psychic mechanisms and others of a more primitive nature, the former being accessible to symbolism and the latter less so. However, she notes that some can tolerate the awareness of their heterogeneity even if on occasion it causes them pain, while others are rendered so anxious by their lack of inner cohesion that they are afraid of losing their sense of identity. These people particularly need to be touched by words capable of simultaneously evoking fantasies, thoughts, feelings and sensations if they are to be able to unfold their psychic freedom and creativity to the full.

The subtitle A Psychoanalyst Learns to Speak reveals an author constantly in search of a language of her own, while at the same time wishing to communicate her experience as a clinician both to other analysts and to anyone who wishes to know more about psychoanalysis.

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'I am convinced beyond doubt that this is a book that is "a must read" by all clinicians whether psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. The vignettes illustrate clearly psychoanalytic concepts that are usually difficult to grasp and quite useful for teaching purposes.'
- Dr Antoine Hani, Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Washington

About the Author(s)

Danielle Quinodoz is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Geneva, and is a Member of the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She is the author of Emotional Vertigo: Between Anxiety and Pleasure.

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Edward Nersessian, MD on 23/10/2003

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This fascinating book stands out as a treasure trove of clinical and theoretical riches. Danielle Quinodoz navigates through complex clinical problems and thorny theoretical issues with grace and intelligence, in the process revealing an intense commitment to understanding her patients and finding th words ( and emotions ) to touch them. While the present work is concerned with people who suffer from a lack of inner cohesion and a fear of being unable to maintain an internal sense of unity (suffering from heterogeneity), its findings have broader applications for every psychoanalysts daily work.

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