Love the Wild Swan: The selected works of Judith Edwards

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Love the Wild Swan: The selected works of Judith Edwards

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Love the Wild Swan is the culmination of thirty years of clinical and teaching experience, undertaken by child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist Judith Edwards. Along with new material, the book consists of previously published papers spanning Edward's entire career, which have been carefully selected to chart the journey that every clinician and human being makes, from babyhood to adult life. Edwards offers an example of how the evolution of meanings occur and how lifelong learning about the self and the other takes place. The book is divided into four parts, with sections on observation, clinical work, teaching theory, and links between these ideas and ongoing life in the form of the arts, through poetry, film and sculpture. Love the Wild Swan will be of interest to practitioners and clinicians, as well as appealing to anyone in the field of mental health who wishes to reflect on the nature of human development and growth.

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While each chapter can be a complete and satisfying read in itself, each one also contains links to others, sometimes pointed out by the writer, sometimes more subtly implied. So the book is not only a collection of pieces. It is a unified whole, portraying some of the key endeavours, the ongoing formulations and the rich internal and intellectual world of a skilled and creative practitioner.
Lee Marsden, The Journal of Educational Psychotherapy

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Section 1
1. Suffering, Weeping and other preoccupations: Darwin's observations and our present day practice
2. Early Splitting and Projective Identification
3 Teaching Observation to non-clinical students

Section 2
4. Towards solid ground: the ongoing journey of an adolescent boy with autistic features
5. You can’t miss what you’ve never had. Can you? The challenges and struggles of single parenthood from a psychoanalytic perspective
6. On being dropped and picked up: The plight of some late adopted children

Section 3
7. Teaching, learning and Bion’s Model of digestion
8. Before the threshold: Destruction, reparation and creativity before the depressive position
9. Ripples in mental space caused by dark matters and twisted tales: Some reflections on memory, memoirs and therapeutic work

Section 4
10. Teaching and learning about psychoanalysis: Film as a teaching tool, with reference to a particular film, Morvern Callar
11. Sifting through the sands of time: Mourning and melancholia revisited through a film
12. Seeing and being seen: The dialectics of intimate space and Antony Gormley's Event Horizon
13. The elusive pursuit of insight: Three poems by W. B. Yeats and the human task

About the Author(s)

Judith Edwards is a child and adolescent psychotherapist who has worked for over thirty years at the Tavistock Clinic in London. Love the Wild Swan: The Selected Works of Judith Edwards was published by Routledge in their World Library of Mental Health series, and her edited book, Psychoanalysis and Other Matters: Where Are We Now? was also published by Routledge. From 1996 to 2000, she was joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Apart from her clinical experience, one of her principal interests is in the links between psychoanalysis, culture, and the arts, as well as making psychoanalytic ideas accessible to a wider audience. She has an international academic publishing record and in 2010 was awarded the Jan Lee memorial prize for the best paper linking psychoanalysis and the arts during that year: ‘Teaching & Learning about Psychoanalysis: Film as a teaching tool’.

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