Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject

Author(s) : Michel De M'Uzan

Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : June 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 200
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94352
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367193676
  • ISBN 10 : 0367193671

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Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject comprises the first English language translation of some of Michel Emile de M'Uzan's key writings, alongside an invaluable glossary by Murielle Gagnebin of M'Uzan's work. Together, they give a thorough overview of his key thinking.

The first part of the book sees M'Uzan exploring the compatibility between creativity (particularly creative writing) and psychoanalytic practice and includes an exchange with Jean-Bertrand Pontalis. The second part focuses on M'Uzan's key psychoanalytic concept- `permanent disquiet'. Freud stated that the purpose of psychoanalysis was to transform neurotic suffering into common unhappiness. M'Uzan built on this idea in his career and examined what it means for the clinical process for the analyst to step back, not to try and force happiness onto the patient, but instead to accept and allow them to find for themselves their own state of `permanent disquiet'. Drawing on Freud and Winnicott and including an invaluable glossary of M'Uzan's own psychoanalytic terms, this book brings M'Uzan's powerful theory to the anglophone psychoanalytic world for the first time.

Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists globally who are interested in French psychoanalytic thought.

About the Author(s)

Michel de M’Uzan is a neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is a former director of the Institut de Psychanalyse of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society (SPP), a founding member of the Paris Institute of Psychosomatics (IPSO), and co-director of the collection ‘Le Fil Rouge’ at the Presses Universitaires de France. He has published several books on psychoanalysis, including De l’art à la mort, La Bouche de l’inconscient, and Aux confins de l’identité, as well as several fictional works. He is also the author of the Anthologie du délire (Rocher, 1956).

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