The Quest for Conscience and the Birth of the Mind

Author(s) : Annie Reiner

The Quest for Conscience and the Birth of the Mind

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 188
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 27812
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757059
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757052

Reviews and Endorsements

'This is a remarkable book. Dr Reiner equates the birth of conscience with the birth of mind, a courageous stance and one that flies in the face of the ethical relativism that permeates our postmodern culture. The implication is very clear that without conscience there can be no authentic mind. Reiner does not just tag conscience onto a framework which it does not fit but knows that a revolutionary new outlook is required which incorporates the metaphysical view reflected in Bion's concept of "O". This perspective is so lacking in psychoanalytical thinking - I mean the one that appreciates that a theoretical framework requires a radical revision for a new datum of experience to be assimilated... This book should give us all a good jolt.'
- Neville Symington, author of The Analytic Experience and Narcissism: A New Theory

'Reiner's is a quest for clarity: between a maturing "conscience" that organically develops out of a sincere sense of self; the "super ego" (Freud), as an adaptation of the ego; and the harsh, primitive "superior ego" (Bion) that rises from the ashes of early states of dissolution where experience could not be borne and the development of mind has been aborted. Her expedition - through territories of literature, philosophy, science, theology and, most significantly, psychoanalysis - reaches its summit with clinical illustrations made vivid through extensive sequences of dream analysis. Reiner's is a unique and poetic voice that both echoes and extends those who ventured ahead of her.'
- Judith L. Mitrani, author of A Framework for the Imaginary and Ordinary People and Extra-ordinary Protections

'Dr Reiner has written an outstanding theoretical and clinical discussion of the archaic superego. The work is unusually clear and succinct and I think it will contribute significantly to clinical understanding across theoretical points of view.'
- Michael Ian Paul, MD, Los Angeles

'In this remarkable work, Dr Annie Reiner explores a hitherto unthought-of perspective on man's moral endowment, and, in so doing, reclaims its lost innocence and positive value for man. After reading the work, one realizes that psychoanalysis had to wait for Bion to shed new light on the numinour or transcendent significance of conscience as opposed to superego. One of the rewardrs one acquires when reading this book is receiving a profound and extensive survey of Bion's contributions... Reiner sees both the capacity to think and the capacity for conscience as mental potentials not yet realized, but which may be helped toward a process of becoming through analytic work.'
- Dr James S. Grotstein

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