The Omnipotent State of Mind: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Editor : Jean Arundale

The Omnipotent State of Mind: Psychoanalytic Perspectives

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96605
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032027944
  • ISBN 10 : 1032027940

Reviews and Endorsements

'This scholarly book brings much needed clarification as well as new ideas on the notion of omnipotence. Its richness lies in the profound exploration of this concept by a broad spectrum of eminent psychoanalysts. The book covers many different aspects of omnipotence as it can be encountered both in normal development and in pathological states of mind such as in manic states. The editor’s thoughtful selection and careful editing results in a very valuable contemporary contribution to the psychoanalytic literature.' - Professor Catalina Bronstein, MD, Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Fellow and Training Psychoanalyst, British Psychoanalytical Society.

'The ubiquitous invocation of the concept of omnipotence has come to obscure the increasing imprecision and casualness with which it is used. Assembling some of the finest psychoanalytic clinicians and theorists writing today, Jean Arundale’s indispensable collection brings to light the fascinating variegation and complexity of this key psychic phenomenon.' - Professor Josh Cohen, Psychoanalyst (BPAS) and Professor of Literary Theory, Goldsmiths University of London.

'This volume places omnipotence in its long overdue rightful place as a key concept in psychoanalytic metapsychology and clinical practice. Omnipotence of thought and feeling are ineradicable features of the human condition and emotional life. In addition to their numerous pathological guises, they appear as normal components of child development, achievement in the real world, and the development of self-esteem.' - Howard B. Levine, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Routledge Wilfred R. Bion Studies Series.

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