Spontaneity: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry

Author(s) : Gemma Corradi Fiumara

Spontaneity: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 158
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  • Catalogue No : 28556
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415492690
  • ISBN 10 : 0415492696
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Psychoanalytic theory frequently explains psychopathology from the perspectives of either inadequate early care or as the result of environmental factors. In this book the author suggests that poor mental health can be a result of our incapacity to respond to internal and external stimuli, and indicates that spontaneity is essential in the development of many aspects of the self. Gemma Corradi Fiumara draws on a wealth of clinical and theoretical experience to demonstrate that it is not what happens to us, but how we react to these events, that forms who we are. "Spontaneity" presents an original approach to issues of agency, spontaneity and creativity in psychoanalysis by exploring issues including: active internalisation paradox forgiveness responsibility empathy self de-creation. This book will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, philosophers and psychologists. It will also prove to be engaging for those interested in psychoanalytic theory and theories of subjectivity.

About the Author(s)

Gemma Corradi Fiumara is a training and supervising analyst with the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, and was formerly Professor of Philosophy at the Third University of Rome, Italy.

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