Cleft Tongue: The Language of Psychic Structures

Author(s) : Dana Amir

Cleft Tongue: The Language of Psychic Structures

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2014
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 34498
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782200420
  • ISBN 10 : 1782200428

Reviews and Endorsements

‘Beautifully written, Dana Amir's book is a gift to the practising clinician. It exposes with great sensitivity the importance of understanding the patient’s “internal grammar”, allowing us to go beyond the spoken word so as to grasp the patient’s idiosyncratic psychic language. This book should be essential reading for all clinicians and deserves to become a classic text.’
— Professor Alessandra Lemma, Unit Director, Psychological Therapies Development Unit, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

‘This book may well enter the pantheon of psychoanalytical thinking. With surgical skill, Dana Amir inserts language and its poetic use into the very heart of psychopathology and the clinical work with it.’
— Professor Golan Shahar, Department of Psychology, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Yale University, USA

‘Dana Amir’s book brings new tidings to psychoanalytical writing. It is subtle, literate, and very wise.’
— Dr Eran Rolnik, member of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and author of Freud in Zion: Psychoanalysis and the Making of Modern Jewish Identity

‘The psychoanalyst and poetess Dana Amir develops a unique opportunity to get to know, to contemplate, and to “dream” the psychoanalytical clinic, making use of extensive psychoanalytical knowledge, detailed case descriptions, and reference to literary works. This is a book both rich and enriching.’
— Dr Ofra Eshel, Winnicott Center; training and supervising analyst, the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

‘Over and beyond its central preoccupation with language, this is an illuminating textbook for both the lay reader and the experienced professional, making these psychopathological structures incomparably accessible and lucid.’
— Meirav Roth, the Israel Psychoanalytic Society; Tel Aviv University Psychotherapy Program

Cleft Tongue invites a reflective, slow, pleasurable reading. It stretches between abyss and heaven, fissure and fusion, finite and infinite. It moves between wound and beauty, between voice and gaze, between the immanent and the transcendental. Those, nothing more or less, are its dimensions.’
— Hagit Aharoni, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst

‘This is an extremely important book. I believe that it has the potential to do to psychoanalysis what Anzieu’s The Skin Ego did before it. It does not merely add more material to the psychoanalytical corpus, but it also examines the language in which this material is written and read.’
— Dr Yossi Triest, Current Chair of the Scientific Committee, the Israel Psychoanalytic Society

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