Love and Its Vicissitudes

Author(s) : Andre Green, Author(s) : Gregorio Kohon

Love and Its Vicissitudes

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 22534
  • ISBN 13 : 9781583917459
  • ISBN 10 : 1583917454

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In Love and its Vicissitudes Andre Green and Gregorio Kohon draw on their extensive clinical experience to produce an insightful contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding of love.

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In Part I, 'To Love or not to Love - Eros and Eris', Andre Green addresses some important questions: What is essential to love in life? What, in the psychoanalytic method, is related to it? Should we understand love by referring to its earliest and most primitive roots? Or should we take as our starting point the experience of the adult? He argues that while science has made no contribution to our understanding of love, art, literature and especially poetry are the best introduction to it. In Part II, Love in the Time of Madness, Gregorio Kohon provides a detailed clinical study of an individual suffering a psychotic breakdown. He describes how the exclusive as well as the intense lasting dependence to a primary carer create the conditions for a "normal madness" to develop. This is not only at the source of later psychotic states and the perversions but also at the origin of all forms of love, as demonstrated in its re-appearance in the situation of transference."Love and its Vicissitudes" moves beyond conventional psychoanalytic discourse to provide a stimulating and revealing reflection on the place of love in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Contents: Waddell, Foreword. About the Authors. Acknowledgements. Part I: -To Love or not to Love - Eros and Eris, by Andre Green - Addendum. Part II: - Love in the Time of Madness, by Gregorio Kohon. From the Analysis of a Psychotic Young Man. The Heroic Achievement of Sanity. - Between the Fear of Madness and the Need to be Mad."

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André Green (1927-2012) was a psychoanalyst who lived and worked in Paris. He was President of the Paris Psycho-Analytical Society and was Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He was co-editor of the Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse. He also wrote numerous books, including On Private Madness, The Work of the Negative, The Fabric of Affect in the Psychoanalytical Discourse, The Chains of Eros, Life Narcissism. Death Narcissism and Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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Gregorio Kohon is a Fellow and Training Analyst of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and works in London in private practice. He edited The British School of Psychoanalysis: The Independent Tradition, and The Dead Mother: The Work of André Green. He also published No Lost Certainties to be Recovered; Love and its Vicissitudes (co-authored with André Green), and Reflections on the Aesthetic Experience: Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny (2015). He is also a poet and a writer. His new book, British Psychoanalysis - An Independent Tradition is to be published in 2018.

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