Analyst of the Imagination: The Life and Work of Charles Rycroft

Editor : Jenny Pearson

Analyst of the Imagination: The Life and Work of Charles Rycroft

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2004
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 17705
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855759046
  • ISBN 10 : 1855759047
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Charles Rycroft's lucid jargon-free approach to psychoanalysis inspired a whole generation. Taking inspiration from many fields outside psychoanalysis, including history, literature, linguistics and ethology, he established the important link between mental health and the imagination, creating a broader perspective and encouraging free thinking. This solitary and creative "rebel" rarely received the recognition he deserved, but this collection of articles and papers by people who felt the benefit of his ever-curious, expanding wealth of knowledge, goes some way to acknowledging the debt owed to him, and introducing a new generation to this innovative analyst.

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'In an era in which psychotherapy and psychoanalysis have become increasingly bureaucratised, and true innovation becomes increasingly rare, the late Charles Rycroft remains in our memories as a beacon of both inspiration and independence, unshackled by dogma and unimpressed by party politics. One of the very first psychoanalysts to write regularly for the general public, Rycroft helped convey psychological ideas to a wide audience, often risking the disapprobation of his more conservative colleagues in the process.

'Jenny Pearson has produced a beautiful festschrift, which celebrates the work of Dr. Rycroft, reminding us of the soul, the passion, and the intelligence of one of the outstanding figures in twentieth century British psychoanalysis. This poignant and readable portrait deserves a prominent position in the library of every mental health professional.'
- Brett Kahr, Senior Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health, Centre for Child Mental Health, London, and Winnicott Clinic Senior Research Fellow in Psychotherapy

About the Editor(s)

Jenny Pearson developed a career in drama and journalism, before writing on the relationship between psychotherapy and drama. She is a trained counsellor with the WPF and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with AIP. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

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