On Arrogance: A Psychoanalytic Essay

Author(s) : Giuseppe Civitarese

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On Arrogance: A Psychoanalytic Essay

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 140
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  • Catalogue No : 97522
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032677118
  • ISBN 10 : 1032677112
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This book explores the notion of arrogance from a broadly psychoanalytic perspective, and examines its importance in the consulting room and the wider world.

Starting from the writings of Freud and Bion, Civitarese explores how much our inner and outer worlds may be shaped by arrogance, both our own and that of others. The author proposes that much of psychological suffering can be explained by non-recognition, of our own needs and desires, or those of others. It can be argued that arrogance is a symptom of lack of mutual recognition and in itself a significant obstacle to psychic growth. This book is an interdisciplinary dialogue between psychoanalysis, literature, and philosophy, which offers a non-reductive view of arrogance to make visible the psychological suffering it conceals.

With a broad psychoanalytic basis, On Arrogance will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, scholars in humanities and anyone wishing to broaden their understanding of arrogance in clinical work and beyond.

Table of Contents


Part 1. The Characteristics of Arrogance
1. Preliminary definition
2. Mr. Charlus smiles
3. Susceptibility of Henry V
4. The women of Agamemnon
5. Blindness of Antigone
6. Übermut

Part 2. The Arrogance of Psychoanalysis
1. Arrogance curiosity stupidity
2. Oedipus and the will to know
3. A new syndrome
4. Psychogenesis of the cruel superego
5. The psychosis of psychoanalysis
6. Negative capability
7. The Neutral

Part 3. Arrogance and Society
1. Doxa
2. Pandemic
3. The new discontent of civilization
4. Scientia sexualis
5. Perfect and invisible
6. A safe place

Part 4. Recognition
1. Confession/forgiveness
2. At-one-ment


About the Author(s)

Giuseppe Civitarese is a psychiatrist and training and supervising analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society (SPI) and a member of the of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He lives and is in private practice in Pavia, Italy. He is the editor of the Rivista di Psicoanalisi, the official journal of the SPI.

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