Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border

Author(s) : Leo Rangell

Music in the Head: Living at the Brain-Mind Border

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 128
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 28720
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757240
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757249

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'We are starting to see a rapprochement between psychoanalysis and neuroscience such as Freud could only dream of. Pay dirt will be found at the brain-mind border. One can now perhaps hope to have an analysis of release hallucinations, equally rooted in neurology and psychiatry, in biology and biography. It is such a synthesis which Dr Leo Rangell, one of our most distinguished psychoanalysts, attempts here. As both subject and observer, Dr Rangell, trained in neurology and psychoanalysis, approaches his material with modesty and restraint, acutely aware of the dangers of over-inference and premature theorizing. And he does so in a style that is easy, unguarded, free of jargon, almost conversational.' - Oliver Sacks, from the Foreword

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'As Rangell puts it, "I consider myself a kind of living laboratory, an experiment in nature through an auditory prism ...I have been living at the edge. But a very special edge, the border between the brain and the mind. From here the vistas are wide, in several directions. The fields over which these experiences roam cover neurologic, otologic, and psychoanalytic realms, converging into a unique symptomatic combination of them all, lived and experienced not on a controlled couch but on the stage of an ongoing life".'
- From the Foreword by Oliver Sacks

'Your remarkable words, Leo, stay with me: "From now on I was a threesome: Another me is studying I listening to me". As a performing musician, I only know how to separate myself into a duo: part of me sits back somewhat and listens to the music I play while another clinically analyzes notes and patterns and makes the myriad decisions necessary to bring off a performance.'
- Arnold Steinhardt, founding member and first violinist of the famed Guarneri String Quartet

About the Author(s)

In his nearly 500 papers and nine books, Leo Rangell (1913 - 2011) made major contributions to psychoanalytic theory for more than half a century. He was twice elected President of both the American and International Psychoanalytical Associations, and was the only person besides Ernest Jones, Heinz Hartmann, and Anna Freud to be named Honorary President of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

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