On Sublimation: A Path to the Destiny of Desire, Theory, and Treatment

Author(s) : Rossella Valdre

On Sublimation: A Path to the Destiny of Desire, Theory, and Treatment

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 172
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 34225
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782200284
  • ISBN 10 : 1782200282

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Does the human race “sublimate less”? Or does psychoanalysis today use the concept of sublimation in theory, clinical practice, and technique with less interest? In this extraordinary work, one of the most perceptive and stimulating that I have read in recent years, a dedicated psychoanalyst explores the evolution of a concept that reveals an implicit and powerful connection with contemporary ways of being. Culture, lifestyles, personality traits, educational models, therapeutic paths, the aesthetic dimension, and social contracts are all looked at in the light of the vicissitudes of sublimation: proof yet again that the psychoanalytical perspective, if it is rigorous and in-depth, is able to contribute to the interpretation of a more complex reality, as well as to the continuing development of its own theoretical and clinical cornerstones.’
— Stefano Bolognini, President of the International Psychoanalytical Association

‘Freud had planned in 1915 to write an essay on sublimation in his Papers on Metapsychology. This shows how, for Freud, sublimation was a fundamental concept of metapsychology. In this book, Rossella Valdrè encourages us to once again pick up the various threads of sublimation, according it the same essential value. Valdrè examines the vicissitudes of the concept, marked from the beginning by periods of alternate championing and fading from sight, and she offers us a fascinating study on the theories that may today seal the fate of sublimation.’
— Evelyne Sechaud, former President of the French Psychoanalytic Association and of the European Psychoanalytical Federation

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