Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World

Author(s) : Danielle Knafo, Author(s) : Kenneth Feiner

Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World

Book Details

  • Publisher : Analytic Press
  • Published : 2006
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 232
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 24626
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881634204
  • ISBN 10 : 0881634204
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What is the role of unconscious fantasies in psychological development, in psychopathology, and in the arts? In Unconscious Fantasies and the Relational World Danielle Knafo and Kenneth Feiner return to these interlinked questions with a specific goal in mind: a contemporary appreciation of fantasy in its multiform relational contexts. To this end, they provide detailed examinations of primal scene, family romance, and castration fantasies, respectively.

Each category of fantasy is pushed beyond its "classical" psychoanalytic meaning by attending to the child's ubiquitous concerns about sexual difference and feelings of incompleteness; her perception of the parental relationship; and the multiple, shifting identifications that grow out of this relationship. Evocative clinical examples illuminate the manner in which patients and analysts play out these three core fantasies in the form of symptomatic acts and enactments, and especially in the transference/countertransference.

About the Author(s)

Danielle Knafo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst and a professor at Long Island University and New York University. Her recent book, The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture, (co-authored with Lo Bosco) won the 2018 American Board of Professional Psychology Book Award.

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