The Wisdom of Lived Experience: Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics

Author(s) : Maxine K. Anderson

The Wisdom of Lived Experience: Views from Psychoanalysis, Neuroscience, Philosophy and Metaphysics

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : July 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 176
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  • Catalogue No : 36140
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782202127
  • ISBN 10 : 1782202129

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In our quest toward truth we often rely on the guidance and clarity of conscious thought, but in doing so we may bypass awareness of a more deeply informing resource, which is embodied in lived experience. This book highlights aspects of this deeper dialogue where neuroscience (McGilchrist’s work on right- and left-brain dynamics) and psychoanalysis (Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Bion, and others) verify the Hegelian dialectics that seem to underlie all living processes and perhaps all of Nature. Hegel’s concept of Aufhebung embraces the creative negating transformations that carry forward what has gone before in new and evolving forms and structures.

Becoming, as on-going lived experience, exemplifies this dialectic as it embodies the cycle in which the emergence of unconscious (implicit) intuition is externalized and clarified (made explicit) via conscious notation and thought to then be enfolded back (made implicit once again) into the newly enriched unconscious matrix that becomes the root for the next intuition. While it is often difficult to surrender the clarified products of conscious thought, the deepest sources of wisdom in Becoming are those that involve the implicit and the bodily because the deepest reaches of Reality are those that resonate with somato-sensory experience.

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‘This is a wonderfully interesting book. Seldom have I read someone with such sophisticated comprehension of the psychoanalytic literature who grasps so deeply what neuropsychoanalysis is all about. In doing so, Maxine K. Anderson transfers her sympathetic understanding of relevant neuroscientific literature to her readers with lucid clarity. The result is an original, fascinating, and profoundly forward-looking book.’
- Mark Solms, psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist, and author of The Feeling Brain

‘Maxine K. Anderson’s exciting new book is a beautiful voyage into the richness of contemporary psychoanalysis. In order to explore the secret links between the birth of the psyche and mental suffering she draws attention to many fascinating subjects: new ideas on dreams, hallucinosis, innate preconceptions of the world, the interplay of implicit and explicit memories, and many others. Anderson’s style is one of the best examples I know of how flowing, rhythmic language may clearly convey compelling discussion of deeply considered topics. I would recommend this book to every psychoanalyst or psychotherapist as an original contribution to our field and as an outstanding account of the state of the art in psychoanalysis.’
- Giuseppe Civitarese, author of Truth and the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis

‘Calling on poetry, philosophy, and neuroscience, including the newly emerging epigenetics, Maxine K. Anderson elucidates how wisdom can be gained from lived experience. Astute understanding of the relationship between mind and brain is best illustrated with her thesis that the ongoing dialogue between the right and left hemispheres of the brain is what constitute our minds - our subjectivity. Dr Anderson’s well-substantiated work can convince even the most diehard intellectual theoretician that trusting and sharing one’s experience leads to effective learning and subjective development. This book will be of high relevance to the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.’
- Mary Kay O’Neil, PhD, training and supervising analyst, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society

‘In this exciting and clearly-written book, Maxine K. Anderson contributes to the future of psychoanalysis. She convincingly demonstrates how clinical theory and practice, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, and poetry can enlighten each other as they deal with different aspects of the same questions. This interdisciplinary dialogue is essential to the deeper understanding of that still mysterious thing we call mind.’
- Alan Bass, PhD, training analyst and faculty member of IPTAR and the Contemporary Freudian Society

About the Author(s)

Maxine Anderson, MD, trained in psychoanalysis in both the USA and London, England. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst for several psychoanalytic institutes in North America; a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA); and a Fellow of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. She has published widely on psychoanalytic topics especially relevant to contemporary Kleinian and Bionian thought. Her most recent explorations into the nature of reality attempt to bridge the disciplines of psychoanalysis, neuroscience and philosophy.

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