Theatres of the Mind: Illusion and Truth on the Psychoanalytic Stage

Author(s) : Joyce McDougall

Theatres of the Mind: Illusion and Truth on the Psychoanalytic Stage

Book Details

  • Publisher : Free Association Books
  • Published : January 1986
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 300
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 90
  • ISBN 13 : 9780946960651
  • ISBN 10 : 0946960658
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'Theatres of the Mind is one of the finest contributions of contemporary French psychanalysis', writes Otto Kernberg in his foreword to this book. Using the idiom of drama, Joyce McDougall investigates hysteria, obsession, psychosis, psychosomatics and perversion.

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'[McDougall] describes how sufferers play out compulsive scripts in their lives, in their inner words, in their symptoms and in the therapeutic transference. No one has carried through such a dramatic description so thoroughly, so seriously or so evocatively.

I have not read for many a day such a clear, vivid and yet realistic evocation of what analytic therapy of any sort is about. If a literate ordinary person asks me for a book that will tell them what analysis is about, I tell them to read Freud's Introductory Lectures. I would now say to read McDougall, at least her case studies, and then read the Introductory Lectures.'
- Eric Rayner, British Psycho-Analytical Society

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