Relational Conversations on Meeting and Becoming: The Birth of a True Other

Editor : Michal Barnea-Astrog, Editor : Mitchel Becker

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Relational Conversations on Meeting and Becoming: The Birth of a True Other

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 196
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97021
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032351414
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032351
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Demonstrating a relational, dialogic way of thinking and writing, this book offers an innovative perspective on the human potential for intersubjective engagement and on the nature of true encounter.

The authors engage in creative, associative dialogues and trialogues inspired by psychoanalysis and Buddhism, poetry and religion, theory and case studies, academic and free styles of writing – each enriching the other. Reflecting on the essence of relating, they convey a flow between inner, private reveries and shared ones, and between individual expressions of thought and evolvements of newly born thirds. Through this interdisciplinary, experimental setting, the authors explore the possibility to reach truths and meanings that each individual would not have achieved on their own.

Offering new concepts and formulations that may nourish psychotherapists’ thought and be usefully implemented in their practice, this book presents a pressingly unique and essential viewpoint for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in training and in practice.

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‘A beautiful book. A dialogical exploration of the human condition drawing on science, philosophy, psychology, poetry, art, spirituality – which is to say, open, un-dogmatic, and resourceful. One feels appreciation of life’s depths and surfaces, one’s own life and life of the Other. The writing is down to earth, personal and accessible, drawing on a rich background of human struggle, backslides and growth. We are born all life long and the Work of the Other furthers contact with the Work of Being.’ - Michael Eigen, author of The Challenge of Being Human, The Sensitive Self, The Psychoanalytic Mystic, and Contact with the Depths.

‘This book is an intriguing journey in search of our basic experience of otherness in its various manifestations. There is a beautiful variance of voices that come together in a space of mutual enhancement. The concepts of dialogue and of trueness are dealt with in a unique fashion, in which the writers actively follow each other in the here and now. They thus inspire a hope that we as therapists and as human beings can rediscover our natural urge and curiosity for relations, for opening to the unknown, for co-creating.’ - Ofra Eshel, faculty, training and supervising analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and honorary member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; author of The Emergence of Analytic Oneness: Into the Heart of Psychoanalysis

‘We can no more change our heartfelt commitments by talking to ourselves, than by defensively reiterating them in divisive dispute. But conversing with trusted others can. Glimpsing ourselves reflected in their caring eyes, enables the kind of potentially transformative self- distancing we can never achieve alone. Relational Conversations explores this epitome of relational psychology with uncanny insight, first by taking the psychotherapeutic dialogical interaction between analyst and patient as paradigmatic of true otherness, and by reflecting on it in a series of truly transformative non-Socratic dialogues.’ - Menachem Fisch, professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science, director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University, and author of The View from Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism; Creatively Undecided: Toward a History and Philosophy of Scientific Agency; Dialogues of Reason: Science, Politics, Religion, and other books.

About the Editor(s)

Michal Barnea-Astrog, PhD, is a researcher in the field of psychoanalysis and Buddhism, a senior Hakomi trainer, and therapist in private practice. She studied the Refined Hakomi Method in the UK, and is the founder and head of the Three-Year Hakomi Training in Israel. She teaches at the East Asian Studies Department at Tel Aviv University, and is a dedicated Vipassana meditator. Michal teaches courses and seminars focusing on the concepts of projection, projective identification, transference, karma, and conditioned arising. She discusses the relations between our basic tendency to crave pleasure and reject pain, our sense of self, the way we perceive reality, and the ways in which we generate and distribute suffering. In her work as trainer and therapist, she explores the effects of the therapist’s state of mind on his or her perception of the client, and the effect of the state of mind of both therapist and client on the inter-personal environment and on the therapeutic process.

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