Sex, Death, and the Superego: Updating Psychoanalytic Experience and Developments in Neuroscience

Author(s) : Ronald Britton

Sex, Death, and the Superego: Updating Psychoanalytic Experience and Developments in Neuroscience

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : September 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Category 2 :
    Neuroscience
  • Catalogue No : 95278
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367439729
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367439
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This second edition of Ronald Britton's personal reappraisal of psychoanalytic theories is based on further clinical experience, further study of current neuroscience and continued reflection on the relationship of brain and mind, selfhood and self-awareness, belief and knowledge, and certainty and uncertainty.

Divided into three parts - "Hysteria," "The ego and superego," and "Narcissism" - this new edition adds content on brain, mind and self, the death instinct and a discussion on the biological, psychological and sociological basis of gender. It suggests that our increasing knowledge necessarily produces a dissolution of our coherent concepts of mind and brain, and that during this phase of creative dissolution we need to reassess what we know and what we don't know. Fundamental to the book is the notion that human beings have to live with probability but that we long for certainty, and create it for ourselves.

This book will be of great interest to psychoanalysts in clinical practice and academia, as well as other mental health professionals and those with an interest in psychoanalytic theory.

About the Author(s)

Ronald Britton is a well-known international psychoanalytic writer who has lectured widely in Europe and North and South America. He is a former President of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). He has a predominantly clinical approach but also a special interest in the relationship of psychoanalysis to literature, philosophy and theology. He was given the IPA Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in 2013 and the Sigourney Award for Outstanding Psychoanalytic Contributions in 2014.

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