Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent: Mythology, History, Politics and Art

Editor : Jonathan Burke

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Shadow of the Parent: Mythology, History, Politics and Art

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : December 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
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  • Catalogue No : 39527
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782205470
  • ISBN 10 : 1782205470

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What do we mean when we say of others, of family members, and particularly of our elders, that they are “a hard act to follow”? Are we speaking of their achievements, their personality, their talents or perhaps their overall bearing? In other words, what are these ‘acts’ that are so powerfully experienced by us as being hard to follow? What or who has made them appear so difficult to emulate?

After considering shadows cast by parents in myth and in the Bible, we explore the psychological challenges that the shadows of fame or notoriety of parents have presented to their offspring in a variety of fields. The early chapters focus on personalities in psychoanalysis including Alice Miller and son, Martin, and Melanie Klein and daughter, Melitta Schmideberg. The remaining chapters centre on selected personalities in history/politics, music, art and literature, all viewed from an analytic perspective.

About the Editor(s)

Jonathan Burke first trained in social work and later became a hospital administrator before moving to London where he took up a post as a health planning consultant to UK hospitals and ministries of health abroad. His professional interest in the cancer field began with strategic studies he undertook examining the organisation of services for cancer patients in Cyprus. He is the author of the Enfield Cancer Directory, funded by Macmillan Cancer Relief, and for six years he managed the Cancer Life project on behalf of Enfield Disability Action before training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He has facilitated a range of seminars on cancer related issues, most recently helping develop the “Topic of Cancer” Seminar Series at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. He now works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

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