Eigen in Seoul Volume Three: Pain and Beauty, Terror and Wonder

Author(s) : Michael Eigen

Eigen in Seoul Volume Three: Pain and Beauty, Terror and Wonder

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 106
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 95644
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367757847
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367757

Reviews and Endorsements

"In this beautiful and shimmering volume we encounter Mike Eigen, the ultimate psychoanalytic alchemist creating an expansive healing brew of psychoanalysis, mysticism and plain common sense. From the Bal Shem Tov to Bion, From Winnicott to Whitman; from a half filled cup of coffee that causes a psychic catastrophe to the dream of a patient's arm falling off that opens up infinities, Eigen takes us into the depths and vastness of what it means to be human, and teaches us the wisdom of our patients' symptoms and the pain, joy and strain of staying close to their deep suffering and struggle. Eigen's alchemy not only transforms the practice of psychotherapy, but transforms one's sense of life itself. Keep this book close at hand, dip into it often and read it again and again." - Robert Grossmark, Ph.D, ABPP, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, author of The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning, co-editor of The One and The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory.

"Is it an inherent part of being a psychoanalyst that one is also wise? My first contact with the work of Eigen confirmed that he was wise, but there was some caution in my psychoanalytic group about his work - was it 'wild' - was it 'spiritual' - was it not 'psychoanalysis'. Like Bion he is intrepid in the psychic hell holes he will enter, and also like Bion appreciates beauty at the same time. Reading this book he is undoubtably a psychoanalyst - and a wise, compassionate, one at that." - Nicola Abel-Hirsch, author of Bion: 365 Quotes, Training Analyst British Psychoanalytic Society.

"Michael Eigen gives us a poetic space where psychoanalysis, radical ethics and the holy live together. This book provides a stunning lens into his earlier work while always stretching us to see and hear more. A perfect companion in our world of plague." - Donna M. Orange, author of Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear.

"Eigen in Seoul is soul in Seoul. The book spans the third Seoul seminar given by Eigen over a three-day period, but I read it, intrigued, in one sitting. Written in Eigen's unique, engaging mode of expression, combining both simplicity and depth. This volume is a fascinating work on aliveness and destruction, openness, freedom and terror, wonder and suffering, helplessness and transformative meeting. It weaves Kabbala, Biblical stories, and therapeutic illustrations, especially Eigen's and Bion's, into our psychic experience, dreaming, and clinical work, enabling deeper contact of being with oneself and others. It brings to mind the Talmudist Ruth Calderon's words: 'There's a belief that the text is waiting for you personally and that God hid a little note with your name on it in the text.' I found immediately the little note with my name in the text. I believe that many readers will find theirs too." - Ofra Eshel, faculty, training and supervising analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society, head of Independent Psychoanalysis - Radical Breakthroughs postgraduate track, Tel-Aviv University, author of The Emergence of Analytic Oneness: Into the Heart of Psychoanalysis.

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