The Psychosomatic Paradox

Author(s) : Claude Smadja

The Psychosomatic Paradox

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  • Publisher : Free Association Books
  • Published : January 2005
  • Cover : Paperback
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  • Catalogue No : 22354
  • ISBN 13 : 9781853437540
  • ISBN 10 : 1853437549
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In this book the author explores a particular mode of mental functioning expressed through a series of clinical symptoms and highlighted by contemporary psychosomatic research. Smadja's concept, a true clinical and conceptual invention in the field of psychopathology, has evolved from work originally carried out by Pierre Marty, Michel de M'Uzan, Christian David and Michel Fain, pioneers of the psychoanalytic approach to subjects with somatic illnesses.

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Marty, de M'Uzan, David and Fain, internationally known as the 'psychosomaticists of the Ecole de Paris', have contributed extensively to our understanding of the relations between the life of the psyche and the working of somatic disease. Using his own clinical experiences as a psychoanalyst and psychosomaticist, the author significantly extends the study of 'operational states' and their metapsychological implications. His reasoning leads him to underscore the importance of the psychical terrain 'beyond the pleasure principle', governed by the sign of the death instinct, source of those mechanisms which lead to distortion of the individual's development and instinctual life.

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