Psychoanalytic Versions of the Human Condition: Philosophies of Life and Their Impact on Practice

Editor : Paul Marcus, Editor : Alan Rosenberg

Psychoanalytic Versions of the Human Condition: Philosophies of Life and Their Impact on Practice

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  • Publisher : New York U.P.
  • Published : 1998
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 424
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 6148
  • ISBN 13 : 9780814756089
  • ISBN 10 : 0814756085
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What is psychoanalysis? Whereas there was once a time when proponents of "mainstream psychoanalysis" could point to the preeminence of Freud's drive theory and the version of the human condition associated with itman as seeking pleasure in an erotically tinged universecontemporary psychoanalysis is a fractured and contentious discipline in which competing theories share little more than the basic concepts of unconscious mental processes, repression, and transference.

Taking the complexities, ambiguities, and contradictions engendered by psychoanalysis over the past several decades as an encouraging point of departure rather than as evidence of the dissolution of the "psychoanalytic tradition," Psychoanalytic Versions of the Human Condition makes explicit how, within each major theory, a particular story about the nature of the world and what it means to be human decisively shapes how the clinician conceptualizes individual psychopathology and approaches treatment. A chorus of voices that both challenges and reaffirms the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Versions of the Human Condition asks urgent questionsabout the politics of psychoanalytic knowledge, and about how the profession is situated and operates in our contemporary culture. Whether Freudian, Jungian, Kleinian, Kohutian, Lacanian, or hybrid, the clinician will find this book a useful guide to understanding how each theory's "philosophy of life" infuses clinical work.

About the Editor(s)

Paul Marcus, PhD, is a training and supervisory analyst at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York City and co- chairperson of the discussion group Psychoanalysis and Spirituality at the American Psychoanalytic Association meetings. He is the author/ editor of 21 books, including Psychoanalysis, Classic Social Psychology and Moral Living: Let the Conversation Begin.

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