Autistic Phenomena and Unrepresented States: Explorations in the Emergence of Self

Editor : Howard B. Levine, Editor : Jani Santamaria

Autistic Phenomena and Unrepresented States: Explorations in the Emergence of Self

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 296
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Autism and Aspergers
  • Catalogue No : 96865
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800131262
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800131

Reviews and Endorsements

Howard Levine and Jani Santamaría have gathered a group of highly gifted and skilled clinicians who have delved into the depths of the most primitive anxieties, and have dwelt there long enough, with their patients, in order to find meaning in apparently unintelligible modes of living. The result is a sensitive, compelling book that reaches far beyond autistic states of mind, into the very core of the hidden and ineffable realms of human experience.
Avner Bergstein, Israel Psychoanalytic Society, author of Bion and Meltzer’s Expeditions into Unmapped Mental Life

This is a deeply thoughtful, accessible account of developments in psychoanalytic thinking from Freud to the present day, richly elaborated in the chapters contributed by some of the leading thinkers in the field. However, this book is not only for those interested specifically in autism, as the exploration of adaptations of technique has relevance to all clinicians challenged by how to reach patients whose treatments do not conform to the expectations of classical analysis.
Susan Reid, Consultant Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychotherapist and founder of the Tavistock Autism and Clinical Research Workshop

In tribute to the creative and seminal work of Francis Tustin, this superbly edited book takes the reader into the new terrain of unrepresented states, autistic objects, black holes and many other phenomena particular to the non-neurotic patients now presenting to analysts. All clinicians, especially those working with children, will benefit from reading this book.
Jack Novick, PhD, president elect of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis and author of Freedom to Choose

'It was exciting to read about brand new ideas, concepts and insights, as well as enjoying the elegance of the prose that encapsulated the unique autistic experience of each case study and prised open its inner workings. [...] I was left feeling great admiration for those doing this work and great hope for their clients.'
Nick Campion, Therapy Today, 34:7, 2023.

This rich and thought-full book has interesting but abstract and necessarily speculative descriptions of highly complex concepts. [...] I found it helpful to have descriptions of actual clinical work carried out, with some positive references — as in chapter five above and in chapter seven below — to joint and brief therapies.
Alexandra Maeja Raicar Cunningham

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