Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification

Author(s) : Alessandra Lemma

Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 216
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 29418
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415485708
  • ISBN 10 : 0415485703

Reviews and Endorsements

'It is high time for clinicians to recognise that the body matters. This book is a brilliant illustration of how psychoanalytic therapy can illuminate our struggles with the physicality of our being and suggests effective solutions for the clinical management of these. With this book, Alessandra Lemma has established herself as one of the most original and creative contributors to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The book is replete with arresting clinical insights and provides innovative theoretical integration that the field concerned with the mind in the body has lacked for a generation.'
- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London

'Beautifully written, this book is easily approachable by a large spectrum of readers while also addressing some deeply psychoanalytic and clinical issues. By discussing specific unconscious phantasies and the hatred of reality at work in the compelling need to modify the surface of the body, the book introduces an important psychoanalytic perspective on the complex and delicate role of early maternal responsiveness in development.'
- Dana Birksted-Breen, Training Psychoanalyst; Joint Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Psychoanalysis

The Body as Canvas.
As You Desire Me.
The Symptom of Ugliness Mirrors.
Being seen or Being Watched.
Occupied Territories and Foreign Parts: Reclaiming the Body.
Copies Without Originals: Envy and the Maternal Body.
The Botoxing of Experience.
Ink, Holes and Scars.
An Order of Pure Decision.

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