The Skin-Ego

Author(s) : Didier Anzieu, Translator : Naomi Segal

The Skin-Ego

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 356
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 35044
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782201007
  • ISBN 10 : 1782201009

Reviews and Endorsements

‘It is wonderful to see Didier Anzieu’s The Skin-Ego reissued in English. The Skin-Ego is one of the most significant psychoanalytic texts of the last thirty years. It offers a radical revision of Freudian thinking, closely linked to major traditions in British psychoanalysis but also distinctively French in its philosophical and cultural reach. This sparkling and accessible new translation by Naomi Segal gives Anglophone readers an opportunity to appreciate the versatility of Anzieu’s ideas on the skin and on psychical “wrapping”, and to absorb his deeply scholarly, systematic and practical style. There is more to French psychoanalysis than Lacan – and this book is one of its most important contributions to the psychoanalytic literature.’
- Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

‘This new translation is brilliant, and makes the Skin-Ego theory very accessible; now that neuroscience and research on infants and parents have demonstrated how Anzieu was right in his ideas of an early influence on narcissistic disorders, this new translation will be very useful for young therapists who didn’t have access to this kind of manual of psychoanalytic treatment of difficult patients. Naomi Segal, who knows so well Anzieu’s developments on the origins of the capacity for thinking and its roots in early experiences, manages the task of the translator wonderfully, and captures the essence of this very original theory of containment and psychoanalytic technique.’
- Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center’s Parent-Infant Program

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