EIGHT

WISH AND WILL

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Life is very long
—T. S. Eliot

We cannot rest with the contradictions we have seen in psychology and psychotherapy. Nor can we leave will and decision to chance. We cannot work on the assumption that ultimately the patient "somehow happens" to make a choice or slides into a decision by ennui, default, or mutual fatigue with the therapist, or acts from sensing that the therapist (now the benevolent parent) will approve of him if he does take such and such steps. I propose that we need to put decision and will back into the center of the picture— "The very stone which the builders rejected is the head of the corner." Not in the sense of free will against determinism, nor in the sense of denying what Freud describes as unconscious experience. These deterministic, "unconscious" factors certainly operate,

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  • Love and Will *
  • Contents *
  • Foreword *
  • One - Introduction: Our Schizoid World *
  • Part I - Love *
  • Two - Paradoxes of Sex and Love *
  • Three - Eros in Conflict with Sex *
  • Four - Love and Death *
  • Five - Love and the Daimonic *
  • Six - The Daimonic in Dialogue *
  • Part II - Will *
  • Seven - The Will in Crisis *
  • Eight - Wish and Will *
  • Nine - Intentionality *
  • Ten - Intentionality in Therapy *
  • Part III - Love and Will *
  • Eleven - The Relation of Love and Will *
  • Twelve - The Meaning of Care *
  • Thirteen - Communion of Consciousness *
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