On Private Madness

Author(s) : Andre Green

On Private Madness

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 1996
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 384
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 149
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855751781
  • ISBN 10 : 185575178X

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André Green occupies a unique position in psychoanalysis today, and his work represents a synthesis of the traditions of Lacan, Winnicott and Bion. This volume collects fourteen of his papers together with a substantial introduction. The papers range widely across clinical and theoretical issues including borderline states, the true and false self, and narcissism. On Private Madness has achieved the status of a modern psychoanalytic classic, and this new impression will be welcomed by all those admirers of Dr Green who wish to have these seminal papers collected together.

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'The book's strength lies in the quality and breadth of insights and experience offered by Green. As such, it gives the reader a method to conceptualise and create a language to describe the phenomenology observed.

'…Green's main contribution lies in the clarification and conceptualisation of psychoanalytic findings and in developing a language that contributes greatly to psychoanalytic thought and its metapsychology. At the same time, he also helps to bridge the gap in understanding between the Anglo-Saxon and French analytic traditions. I highly recommend this book to both experienced practitioners and students alike.'
- Ricardo Stramer, The Journal of the British Association of Psychotherapists

'Andre Green's On Private Madness presents a rich assortment of the author's psychoanalytic contributions. His fluency in English is matched by an extraordinary familiarity with American and English contributions, especially those of Winnicott, Bion, Klein, Khan, Hartmann, Kernberg and Kohut, all of which he ably integrates with those of Lacan, Bouvet, McDougall and other French sources to give an integrated treatise on object relations and its dialectical interface with structuralism, a problem that has concerned Dr. Green for some time…'
- James Grotstein, M.D.

About the Author(s)

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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