Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies

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No. 19, 2013

Acknowledgments
While concentrating on my wish to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you, without whom this book would not have come to light, I felt a particular urge to justify the mere act of writing. As many times before, when experiencing such...
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Introduction
This book constitutes a philosophical attempt to rethink, from an existential - phenomenological perspective, the theoretical foundations of Freudian psychoanalysis. The following discussion will focus on the notion of time - both its significance in...
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Part One: Heidegger and the Status of Time
IntroductionThis section deals with the special status which Heidegger grants the phenomenon of time in his thinking. The discussion will focus on his monumental work, Being and Time (Heidegger, 1996), and will also draw on certain chapters from his...
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One: The Subject and Time from Cogito to Dasein
THE CARTESIAN SUBJECTDescartes was the first to utilize the concept of a subject whose essence is the thinking self. Descartes describes the subject as detached from the world. A good example for this could be found in the formulation of his philosophical...
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Two: "Being in the World": The Two-Fold Structure of Everyday Life
PHENOMENOLOGY AS THE SCIENCE OF BEINGBy focusing his ontological inquiry on everyday human existence (Dasein) and by extrapolating both the implicit understanding of being and Dasein's ontological relation to being from Dasein's everyday fields of meaning,...
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Three: Being-There in Time
CARE AND TEMPORALITYAs we have seen, toward the end of the first part of Being and Time, Heidegger presents a twofold analysis of the notion of care. He claims that care is both one of Dasein's existentials and a mode of being which encompasses all other...
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Part Two Freud: A Temporal Lacuna: Introduction
In this part of the book, I will attempt to trace a phenomenon symptomatic to the psychoanalytic method: a blind spot which overlooks temporality. The attempt to show Freud's blindness to the question of time is far from simple. While Freudian theory...
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Four: The Role of Time in the Psychic Mechanism: Freud's "Project" and Its Origins in Brentano
The "Project for a Scientific Psychology"34 is a daring attempt to create a scientific psychological depiction of the human psyche. The method coursing through its veins is based on mechanistic metaphors and quantitative data and its goal is to construct...
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Five: Freud's Concealment of Temporality: Ida Bauer ("Dora") as a Case Study
Freud's case studies provide a suitable point of departure for uncovering the manner in which his method systematically conceals the phenomenon of temporality.47 In reading purely theoretical texts, the reader finds herself dropped into the thicket of...
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Six: From Neurosis to the Structure of the Mind: The Question of Time in Freud's Writings, 1905-1937
"THREE ESSAYS ON THE THEORY OF SEXUALITY" [1905]In his "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality", Freud (1953, pp. 123-246) establishes the theoretical link between neuroses and sexuality.53 As he considers neuroses to be the outcome of modifications...
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Three: Psycho-Ontology: Introduction
IntroductionThe first part of this book treated Heidegger's critique of the notion of the subject in the western tradition, demonstrating how this notion led to a systematic concealment of the phenomenon of temporality. Throughout the second part, we...
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Seven: An Ontological Reading of Narcissism
THE ROLE OF ONTOLOGICAL THOUGHT IN RELATION TO PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORYAlthough Freud depicts the human subject as the chief object of research of psychoanalytic theory, we have already seen that the latter's theoretical foundations are embedded in the...
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Eight: Back to Ida: Psychoanalytic Concepts as Manifesting Temporal Relations
In light of Heidegger's inquiry, Freudian theory is revealed to be subjected to the framework of meaning provided by a metaphysics of presence, in which the present serves as the ultimate foundation for the appearance of things in the world. The attempt...
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Epilogue
Finally, I would like to suggest, briefly, how the conclusions of this study may hopefully take the first step in extricating psychoanalysis from the crossroads it stumbled into by relying on post-modernist foundations. In particular, I wish to demonstrate...
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No. 15, 2012

Preface
This book began with an intuitive hypothesis shared by the authors, both practicing psychoanalysts. The premise was that psychoanalysis as a way of thinking about art (or, for that matter, about anything else, especially analytic patients) is not very...
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One: Introduction: Paragone of the Art World
OCCUPY CHELSEA?There is surely a kind of idealizing energy that draws people to art. It might even be argued that there is a need for ideality and that art in the Western world, and in many cultures, has been expected to answer this need. But if that...
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Two: Narcissism without Apology: Art in the Offertorium
There is something originally, inaugurally, profoundly wounded in the human relation to the world . . . that is what comes out of the theory of narcissism Freud gave us. (Lacan, 1988 p. 167)NARCISSISMIt is difficult to think the wholeness of the drive...
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Three: The Language of Narcissism: Terms and Conditions
Psychoanalysis is the mother tongue of our modernity and ... the important issues of our time are scarcely articulable outside the concepts it has forged . . . the truth is that we have not yet caught up with its most revolutionary insights. (Copjec,...
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Four: The Crack in the Golden Bowl
When one has excluded from art the purpose of moral preaching and human improvement it by no means follows that art is completely purposeless, goalless, meaningless, l'art pour l'art ... A psychologist asks . . . what does all art do? does it not praise?...
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Five: Limits of the Diaphane: Reflections on Visuality as a Modality of the Narcissistic Drive
Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane...
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Six: Limits of the Diaphane II: More Self-Portraits of the Drive
I know that in writing I have to blind myself artificially in order to focus all the light on one dark spot, renouncing cohesion, harmony, rhetoric and everything which you call symbolic, frightened as I am by the experience. (Freud 1916b, p. 45)EMPTINESSIn...
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Seven: The Dialectic of Narcissism in Art
INTRODUCTIONThe narsensuality of visual art has always had the potential to destabilize cultural conventions, though it really begins to do so in earnest only during the modern era. The conflicts between the iconoclasts and iconophiles of the early church...
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Eight: Applied Art: Driving Psychoanalytic Theory to Distraction
Libido is a fundamental energy, but it must be shaped, and the consequences of this construction are inevitably tragic. (Dimen, 2003, p. 161)THE CONCEPT OF THE DRIVE AND THE PROBLEM OF BEGINNINGPsychoanalytic metapsychology inevitably gets entangled...
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Nine: Psychophantic Relations with Art: Analytic Romanticism and the Problem of Perversion
The primary IMAGINATION I hold to be the living power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite IAM. The secondary I consider as an echo of the former ... It dissolves,...
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Ten: Applied Art World: The Social Struggle with the Ideal
ART WORLD AURAWe have presented the perspective that art informs psychoanalysis about the narcissistic drive and its derivatives, thus revising the older paradigm of "applied psychoanalysis." The art world, that social realm of fabulously wealthy collectors,...
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Eleven: Stalking Horse, Gift Horse, Trojan Horse
From time immemorial rumour has it or better still the notion is abroad that there exists a way out (Beckett, 1972, pp. 17-18)Coincident with the rise of Western art at the time of the Renaissance, the world began more quickly to pass from an affective...
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Works Cited
Abramovic, M. (1998). Artist Body: Performances. Milan: Charta.Alhanati, S. (2002a). Silent grammar. In Alhanati, 111-139.Alhanati, S., ed. (2002b). Primitive Mental States. Volume 2: Psychobiological and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Early Trauma and...
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No. 14, 2012

Acknowledgements
I would like to acknowledge some of the different people, life-experiences, and groups that have influenced my thinking over the years about philosophy, madness and psychoanalysis.First and foremost, I feel privileged and deeply indebted to those people...
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Introduction
We see men haying fer in the meadow, their heads waving like the grass they cut. In the distance, the wind seemed to bend all alike.-ThoreauIt was an early November morning some forty years ago. I was on my way to the county psychiatric hospital located...
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One: Stories from the Bog: On the Underworld, the Underconsciousness, and the Undertaking
It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in...
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Two: The Dead Poets Society: Ventures into a Radioactive Pyschoanalytic Space
In pre-literate societies, the poet is the one assigned by the culture to be The One Who Remembers. As the bearer of this terribly important responsibility, the poet remembers the events of yesterday and today out of a deep and sacred respect for the...
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Three: Frankenstein's Genie-Ology: The Magical Visionary Experience and the Associative Method
... we must be prepared to consider the scandalous possibility that wherever the visionary imagination grows bright, magic, that old antagonist of science, renews itself, transmuting our workaday reality into something bigger, perhaps more frightening,...
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Five: Wang Fo and an Ethic of Free Association: Poetic Imagination, Mythical Stones, and Moral Philosophy
The myths as we have them are the creation of great poets... written in a rich and subtle and beautiful language... in their own image. ... In the earliest Greek poets a new point of view dawned, never dreamed of in the world before mem, but never to...
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Six: The Dramatic Meaning of Madness in Psycho(analy)sis: The Ear-Rationality of Treating Illusion as Reality
Ruse and new triumph of madness: the world that thought to measure and justify madness through psychology now must justify itself before madness, since in its struggles and agonies it measures itself by the excess of works like those of Nietzsche, of...
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Seven: Escaping the Phantom's Ghostly Grasp: On Psychoanalysis as a Performance Art in the Spirit World
Those who have seen your face draw back in fear.../ am the mask you wear. My spirit, my voice in one combined.The Phantom of me Opera is there... inside my mind...-Christine Daae and the Phantom, The Phantom of the OperaHe often comes to her in her dreams...
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Eight: A Fractured Fairytale: The Story of Our Professional Lives in the Kingdom of Positivism
Objectivism suggests more than a false expression of neutrality. In essence, it tacitly represents a denial of ethical values. Its commitment to rigorous techniques, mathematical expression and law-like regularities supports not only one form of scientific...
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Nine: Developing Competency: In the Destruction of Psychoanalysis an Other Approach
When a form of thought seems to be growing old and nearing its end, we should question not its uncertain future but the long process of its maturation and coming to light to read there the omens of its destiny. A genealogy of psychoanalysis will instruct...
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Ten: How Will Bodies of Knowledge(s) Speak the Psychoanalytic Practitioner in the 21st Century? on Madness, Shamans and the Psychoanalytic Arts
Psychoanalysis and ethnology occupy a privileged position in our knowledge - not because they have established the foundations of their positivity better than any other human science, and at last accomplished the old attempt to be truly scientific; but...
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Four: An Ethic of Free Association
Questioning a Uniform and Coercive Code of EthicsIn the question of ethics, the emphasis falls on a continuing process of thinking that diagnoses, criticizes, clarifies by means of questions, déstructures the components of meaning and power that silently...
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No. 16, 2012

Foreword
In this inventive work Karen Rodriguez imagines the city as analysand on the psychoanalytic couch. She interrogates a key question around the way "the city" digests difference textually and asks readers to conceptualize a psychoanalytic critique of globalization...
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Acknowledgments
This book owes an intellectual debt to people in a wide range of places. In the United Kingdom, gratitude to Adrian and Mehri Holliday, Shane Blackman, and Steve Pile for provocative discussions, food, and friendship on both sides of the ocean. Without...
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One: Small City on a Big Couch
My office in Guanajuato is always cool even on the warmest of days, thanks to the thick 200-year-old colonial walls that surround it. I am pulling a sweater around me when my new analysand comes in. I know her socially; she is familiar to me, but we...
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Two: The Presenting Problem: Digestive Issues in the Contact Zone
We begin. I pull out an empty leather notebook. The white pages waiting for text reach out to me as always, eliciting curiosity and faith that what is unknown will start to take some decipherable shape, and- why not be honest- summoning up a sheer desire...
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Three: Deeper Desires: The Colonial Present, a Don Quijote Fetish, and Maternal Issues
As our sessions progress and the city speaks more about herself, I start to piece together some of the driving desires behind her composed façade. We begin to unearth unresolved issues rooted in her past, her equivalent to the early childhood stage so...
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Four: Calladita, Te Ves Más Bonita: Analyzing Silences and Erasures
A certain sense of satisfaction seeps through me as I get ready for the city's next appointment. We are now getting into the thick of things and uncovering the roots of her troubles. The past is bubbling up into the present, something I can tell the...
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Five: Releases and Returns: Sex and the (Provincial) City
The last sessions have left me concerned about the depth of the emotional problems that are emerging. I consult with a local colleague, a psychologist, before seeing the city again. Her impressions match mine, and she adds a strongly voiced opinion that...
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Six: Transferences of Cities and Analysts
In working through the FIC poster incident, I had found the city's at least partial refusal to be written by tourist desire something to admire, even as she purged a text I found refreshing. She seemed to be asserting a certain caution that protected...
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Seven: Revolt, They Said: Two Virgins, One Indian Princess, and the T-Shirt Girl
Okay, back to work. The city is on the way in, and it is time for each of us to return to her respective role in this relationship. I pull my chair closer to the keyboard, push up my sleeves, and briefly take stock of where we are in the analytic process....
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Eight: Tales of Love and Life after Analysis: Of Art, Opera, and Halloween
The city's final visit, at least for a while. Outside, the jumble of houses is interrupted by the brilliant outbursts of purple jacaranda trees that mark each spring. This energy seems to magnify as the office door opens and the city comes inside. She...
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Nine: Conclusions: The Small City Succeeds Where the Global City Might Not
Whenever I finish a long-term treatment with an analysand, I feel a certain degree of ambivalence. On the one hand, of course, are the lingering doubts about whether we are truly finished. There is also a certain sense of mourning and loss. Like the...
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No. 17, 2012

Bibliography
Bateman, A. (1998). Thick- and thin-skinned organizations and enactment in borderline and narcissistic disorders. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 79, 13-25.Bion, W. (1959). Attacks on linking. Internationaljournal of Psychoanalysis, 40, 308315.Bion,...
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Conclusions
This book is a unique and intimate examination of the day-to-day stress, confusion, and difficulty encountered when practicing psychoanalytically with the more disturbed patient. The reader has been invited into the analyst's office to hear and ponder...
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Preface
This book allows the reader an intense participation in the day-to-day practice of psychoanalytic treatment with the most disturbed, most complex of patients. The great deal of "live" case material shows the actual moment-to-moment interaction and verbal...
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Acknowledgments
I want to thank all my patients for reluctantly, yet bravely, inviting me in for a challenging taste of the most private internal conflicts they experience between self and other. In doing my best to help them through their emotional impasses and frightening...
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One: Understanding Psychic Shifts
In trying to understand a patient's progress, stagnation, or decline over time, many factors come into play from a psychoanalytic perspective. The nature of the patient's interaction with external objects is important and the impact of projection and...
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Two: Entitled and Demanding
There are patients who unconsciously choose to remain in the realm of the paranoid-schizoid position (Klein, 1946) as a method to avoid certain conflicts, anxieties, and disappointments encountered in the depressive position (Klein, 1935, 1940). They...
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Three: Psychotic Distortions of the Good Object
Working with more disturbed patients in private practice involves clinical situations that challenge the analyst's abilities. However, the psychoanalytic method remains a vital, robust, and effective approach with the hard-to-reach, difficult-to-contain,...
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Four: John's Story
The life story of one of my patients in psychoanalytic treatment provides valuable insight into how actual life experiences shape a person's psychological viewpoint and how an individual organizes his or her object relational history unconsciously. Internal...
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Five: Memories and Timeless Trauma
Allowing the patient to tell his life story slowly can encourage a gradual selforganizing principle and a self-reflective function. This, in turn, is part of a self-containing ability that does not permanently rely on the analyst as container but fosters...
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Six: External Motion and Internal Deadness
After three years of emotional chaos at his boarding school in Pennsylvania, John decided to share his feelings with his parents. John told me, "I finally told my parents I couldn't handle attending another year at the private school in Pennsylvania....
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Seven: The Descent, Decline, and Eventual Resurrection
Continuing to describe his dangerous lifestyle with his new roommates, John told me, "It is amazing I never died of an overdose from heroin or speed while living with those guys. Shooting up and drinking was the main activity of any given day. However,...
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Eight: Taming Destructive Phantasies
While transference interpretations are usually considered the most effective and deeper method of making analytic contact (Waska, 2007) with patient's unconscious phantasy and conflict state, certain patients seem to require and do better with additional...
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Nine: Translating Destructive Acting Out
In working from a psychoanalytic perspective, we notice some patients acting out their phantasies and anxieties in a very narcissistic manner or in a way that suggests a rigid pathological organization (Rosenfeld, 1987; Steiner, 1987). Sometimes, in...
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Ten: Pre-Interpretive Containment
Some patients present rather challenging narcissistic or borderline transferences that threaten to take over the analytic space and quickly eliminate any chance of exploration or learning. Their acting out negates symbolic communication and the opportunity...
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Eleven: Name It, Claim It, and Tame It
There are times in analytic treatment when our patients demonstrate the destructive elements of the death instinct by a variety of actions, phantasies, and transference modes. There are many ways this acting out in phantasy and in interpersonal behavior...
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No. 13, 2012

Preface
The mind emerges from an organization of relational learning that creates neural networks during the whole life of each person. Basic organization is created in the first years of human life, in the foetus and the baby, who learn from a nonverbal dialogue...
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Introduction
Society and contemporary culture unquestionably assign much importance to the search for quality.This is clear in all sorts of settings, from industry, health, and education, to sport, nutrition, leisure and entertainment, and, indeed, every form of...
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One in Search of the Quality of the Mind
ABSTRACT: The search for the quality of the mind continues, not only in philosophy, but also in other areas, such as, neuro science, psychiatry, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis. Since the 1980's philosophy has paid close attention to the...
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Two the Twentieth Century: A Century of Terror, War, and Hate
ABSTRACT: Many scholars, sociologists, historians and philosophers have analysed the twentieth century from the point of view of violence, terror, ideologies and totalitarianism. During this century two ideologies were dominant, that of racism, with...
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Three the Mind Also Becomes Sick: How? When? Why? the Problem of "Normality-Anormality"
ABSTRACT: Psychoanalysis has enquired as to how, when, and why psychic disorders arise and how to treat them. Psychoanalysts have also tried to define the specific object and operational techniques of psychoanalysis.The history of psychoanalysis, which...
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Four Psychic-Mental Suffering
ABSTRACT: Meltzer & Harris (1983) stated that at the heart of any psychoanalytic theory we find psychic suffering, which generally speaking, can be divided into three categories: persecutory, confusional, and depressive. In order to study psychic...
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Five Which Epistemology for Psychoanalysis?
ABSTRACT: The history of the relationship between psychoanalysis and epistemology may be viewed as a long history of conflict, based on misunderstandings and clashes. From the start, psychoanalysis faced the difficulty of having to measure itself against...
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Six the Objectivist and Relativist Shift in Epistemology: Objectivity and Reliability in Psychoanalysis
ABSTRACT: The new epistemology needs to examine its own history, with its various cultural and conceptual traditions. Epistemology should not be identified with other forms of philosophical thinking, such as, mathematical logic, the philosophy of nature,...
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Seven the Three Features of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalytic "Laboratory"
ABSTRACT: Having considered what conditions make psychoanalytic knowledge possible from an epistemological point of view, we can now analyse its three main features: its referent, its operational procedures and the specific characteristics of the unconscious...
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Eight Symbolism and Dreams in Psychoanalysis
ABSTRACT: Symbolism in psychoanalysis is a very complex subject. It involves not only the translation of the symbol, but also its origin and the function of the whole process of symbolization. The understanding and interpretation of unconscious symbolism...
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Nine Kant: Investigator of the Mind and the First Epistemologist7
ABSTRACT: There are several reasons why present-day psychoanalysts should be interested in Kant's thinking. In the first place, Kant is considered to have given rise to modern epistemology. He was the first to investigate the conditions of possibility...
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Ten Charles Taylor: A Philosopher Who Interacts with Psychoanalysis in the Search for Authenticity8
ABSTRACT: Anthropological thinking is a search for authenticity. In connection with this, the work of Charles Taylor deals with one of the most debated subjects in present-day psychoanalysis. He maintains that the ideal of authenticity permeates all...
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Eleven Aesthetic Quality and Creativity in Psychoanalysis: Music as a Special Pathway of the Mind
ABSTRACT: From its very beginning, psychoanalysis has had a constant relationship with art: from Freud's theory of sublimation to the multiple contributions of the Kleinian school, which has tried to define the foundation of art and beauty and of artistic...
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Twelve Ideology and Utopia: Negative Qualities of the Mind
ABSTRACT: This work examines ideology from two points of view: the epistemologica!, which distinguishes science from ideology, and the psychoanalytic. Ideologies, with their absolute character, satisfy the need for certainty, in the face of fundamental...
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Thirteen Psychoanalysis and Social and Political Conflicts
ABSTRACT: From the psychoanalytic point of view, power may be viewed as a "cancer", both of the individual's mental structure and the collective one. In order to organise its social life, the group normally employs the aspirations and means of the individual....
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Fourteen Psychoanalysis and Philosophy
ABSTRACT: Philosophy, a typically theoretical type of knowledge, has traditionally taken the form of metaphysics and ontology, and has been concerned with the search for the meaning of the universe, of man, and of the absolute, in other words, cosmology,...
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Fifteen the Positive Qualities of the Mind: Happiness and Creativity
ABSTRACT: There is a common search for happiness on the part both of philosophy and psychoanalysis. The latter is additionally concerned with the removal of obstacles which lie in the path of the attainment of happiness. In this search psychoanalysis...
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Bibliography
Achenbach, G. B. (2004). La Consulenza Filosofica (Philosophical Consultancy). Milan: Apogeo.Adorno, TH. W., Frankel, E., & Brunswik, DJ. (1950). The Authoritarian Personality. New York: Harper.Agazzi, E. (1969). Temi e Problemi di Filosofia della...
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No. 18, 2012

Seven: Three Psychopathological Structures and Nine Subject Positions
The first step in psychiatric diagnostics is to assess the ' status praesens psychicus\ or current mental status. Assessment focuses on establishing the presence or absence of symptoms such as consciousness disorders, mood disorders, hallucinations or...
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Eight: The Interpretation of a Life History
Just as the hermeneutical and structural diagnostics may be conceived as a description of a person's actual world, with its associated intentionalities and underlying symbolisations, so can we take this process a step further by exploring the process...
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Introduction
Looking back on the past two centuries of psychiatry, we cannot but conclude that modern psychiatry is truly flourishing in the 21st century. The various developments within psychiatry (biological psychiatry neurosciences) have largely defined the scientific...
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One: The Medical Discourse: The Exclusion of Psychic Reality
Psychiatry and its core discipline, psychopathology, both have intimate ties with medical science. Psychiatry is a specialty taught at medical schools whose impact, despite its essentially limited basis, is remarkably broad. Within the vast field of...
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Two: The History of Hermeneutical Psychiatry
The history of care for the mentally ill and thoughts on mental disorders go back to the beginning of mankind (Porter, 1996). As regards the date of birth of modern psychiatry there is common agreement, however, as it coincides with the period of the...
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Three: The Relationship between the Psychic and Physical Reality
The previous chapter demonstrated that the biological turn taken by psychiatry triggered an intensive enquiry into the relationship between body and mind. The solution to this issue seems to be biased in a particular direction, driven by a strong urge...
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Four: Empiricism in Psychiatry
Despite the vast gamut of elaborations available today, there is common agreement on the nature of the pursuit of natural science and the scientific disciplines orbiting around it: They all intend to reproduce, describe and explain the experience-based...
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Five: Three Forms of Hermeneutics
In psychiatry, the limitations imposed by the empiricist approach may lead us to explore an alternative approach, taking the psychiatric investigation setting as a starting point. Firstly, psychiatry deals with abnormal behaviour or experience requiring...
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Six: Psychic Reality and the Symbolic Function in Triplicate
Psychic reality being the central theme of this work, a detailed description of the concept itself cannot be left out. What may be referred to as 'psychic reality' is a cultural asset rather than a naturally given entity. When speaking of psychic reality...
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