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Imagination From Fantasy To Delusion

Author : Lois Oppenheim
ISBN : 9780415875707
Genre : Psychology
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In Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion, Lois Oppenheim illustrates the enhancement of self that creativity affords, the relationship of imagination to the self as agent. The premise of this book is twofold: First, that the imaginary is real. Where it differs from what we commonly take to be reality is in structure and in form. The imaginary of art, for example, is not illusionary for it is phenomenologically describable and even depictable, as demonstrated by the self-reflexive efforts of modernist painters and writers. No less real than the imaginary of art, and thus fantasy, is the imaginary of delusion, ascertainable in the very function it serves. Though fundamentally different, fantasy and delusion do share a significant feature: a preoccupation with agency. Second is that change, the enhancement of self through an increase in agency, is facilitated by the biology of reward: The pleasure of increased self-cohesion—the efficacy acquired through knowledge of, and the attribution of meaning to, the world—is ultimately the sine qua non of imaginative thought. Oppenheim emphasizes the idea that imagination generates knowledge. Our sensory systems, like our higher cognitive functions, give the human brain knowledge to maintain the homeostatic balance required for survival and to enrich the sense of self required for agency. And, she suggests, imagination is a function of their doing so. Moreover, she explores the construct by which we apprehend the workings of imagination—fantasy—and considers in what the mental imagery that endows it consists, how fantasy may be transmitted transgenerationally, and how delusion can be an impediment to imagination while also being a product of it. Additionally, she likens psychoanalysis to the making of art as a process of acquiring knowledge and looks at creativity itself as a coming-to-know. Throughout this book, there run several opposing threads. The first is that of the intra- and interpsychic psychoanalytic paradigms. This theoretical contrast bears on our understanding of aesthetic experience as sublimatory versus object relational and on our understanding of the construction of meaning. A second opposition resides in the notion of agency (with its implication of self-cohesion) which has everything to do with ego function and, seemingly, the usefulness of "unconscious fantasy," a cornerstone of psychoanalysis now thrown into question by the postmodern favoring of dissociation over repression and other mechanisms of defense. Last, but no less significant, is the contrast interwoven between the empiricism of neuroscience and the metaphysics of philosophical thought. Oppenheim's underlying effort is to explore the validity of these oppositions, which seem not to hold as steadfastly as we tend to suppose.

Psychoanalysis And The Artistic Endeavor

Author : Lois Oppenheim
ISBN : 9781317589549
Genre : Art
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Psychoanalysis and the Artistic Endeavor offers an intriguing window onto the creative thinking of several well-known and highly creative individuals. Internationally renowned writers, painters, choreographers, and others converse with the author about their work and how it has been informed by their life experience. Creative process frames the discussions, but the topics explored are wide-ranging and the interrelation of the personal and professional development of these artists is what comes to the fore. The conversations are unique in providing insight not only into the art at hand and into the perspective of each artist on his or her own work, but into the mind from which the work springs. The interviews are lively in a way critical writing by its very nature is not, rendering the ideas all that much more accessible. The transcription of the live interview reveals the kind of reflection censored elsewhere, the interplay of personal experience and creative process that are far more self-consciously shaped in a text written for print. Neither private conversation nor public lecture, neither crafted response (as to the media) nor freely associative discourse (as in the analytic consulting room), these interviews have elements of all. The volume guides the reader toward a deeper psychologically oriented understanding of literary and visual art, and it engages the reader in the honest and often-provocative revelations of a number of fascinating artists who pay testimony to their work in a way no one else can. This is a unique collection of particular interest for psychoanalysts, scholars, and anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the creative process.

Love And Loss In Life And In Treatment

Author : Linda B. Sherby
ISBN : 9781136828805
Genre : Psychology
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Have you ever wondered what a therapist really thinks? Have you ever wondered if a therapist truly cares about her patients? Have you tried to imagine the unimaginable, the loss of the person most dear to you? Is it true that `tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all? ` Love and loss are a ubiquitous part of life, bringing the greatest joys and the greatest heartaches. In one way or another all relationships end. People leave, move on, die. Loss is an ever-present part of life. In Love and Loss, Linda B. Sherby illustrates that in order to grow and thrive, we must learn to mourn, to move beyond the person we have lost while taking that person with us in our minds. Love, unlike loss, is not inevitable but, she argues, no satisfying life can be lived without deeply meaningful relationships. The focus of Love and Loss is how patients' and therapists' independent experiences of love and loss, as well as the love and loss that they experience in the treatment room, intermingle and interact. There are always two people in the consulting room, both of whom are involved in their own respective lives, as well as the mutually responsive relationship that exists between them. Love and loss in the life of one of the parties affects the other, whether that affect takes place on a conscious or unconscious level. Love and Loss is unique in two respects.The first is its focus on the analyst's current life situation and how that necessarily affects both the patient and the treatment. The second is Sherby's willingness to share the personal memoir of her own loss which she has interwoven with extensive clinical material to clearly illustrate the effect the analyst's current life circumstance has on the treatment. Writing as both a psychoanalyst and a widow, Linda B. Sherby makes it possible for the reader to gain an inside view of the emotional experience of being an analyst, making this book of interest to a wide audience. Professionals from psychoanalysts and psychotherapists and bereavement specialists through students in all the mental health fields to the public in general, will resonate and learn from this heartfelt and straightforward book.

The Fantasy Principle

Author : Michael Vannoy Adams
ISBN : 9781135447533
Genre : Psychology
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Contemporary psychoanalysis needs less reality and more fantasy; what Michael Vannoy Adams calls the 'fantasy principle'. The Fantasy Principle radically affirms the centrality of imagination. It challenges us to exercise and explore the imagination, shows us how to value vitally important images that emerge from the unconscious, how to evoke such images, and how to engage them decisively. It shows us how to apply Jungian techniques to interpret images accurately and to experience images immediately and intimately through what Jung calls 'active imagination'. The Fantasy Principle makes a strong case for a new school of psychoanalysis - the school of 'imaginal psychology' - which emphasizes the transformative impact of images. All those who desire to give individuals an opportunity to become more imaginative will find this book fascinating reading.

Vulnerability To Psychosis

Author : Franco De Masi
ISBN : 9781780493213
Genre : Psychology
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'Franco De Masi is well known for his psychoanalytic work with patients suffering psychotic illnesses. In this book, he addresses the human vulnerability to psychosis, but the modest title of his book belies the depth of its investigations and conclusions. De Masi invites the reader into a thoughtful, systematic exploration of many aspects of the complex problems associated with psychotic illnesses: its ontogenesis and the emotional crises that lead to the dominance of psychotic thinking, the function of psychosis with regard to reality, its eruption or progression (depending upon the type of psychosis involved) and, crucially, the difficult and painstaking task of treatment. This latter theme is explored in considerable detail and is perhaps the most telling message of this book. Example after example of de Masi's engagement with patients illuminates his central objective - the gradual disinvestment by the patient of psychic energy allocated to ostensibly protective, but ultimately self-destructive, psychotic constructions and a re-investment in neurotic or more normal psychic reality - a world the patient has had to largely forsake under the sway of delusion... This book is large in scope and substantial in content. It provides the clinician with important perspectives on the origins and development of delusions in psychosis and offers a new perspective regarding the radical differences between delusional and normal or neurotic thought, and how these differences come about. It moves our thinking forward in an area that has too often been neglected, and for this we need to be grateful.'- Paul Williams, from the Introduction

Between The Sign The Gaze

Author : Herman Rapaport
ISBN : 0801481333
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A woman turns into a piece of furniture (Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest); a writer of children's books takes photos of naked little girls (Lewis Carroll); Mont Blanc becomes the maternal breast (Shelley); Hamlet mistakes Ophelia for a phallus (Lacan's Hamlet seminar); and mom turns out to have thermonuclear arms (Laurie Anderson's United States). Reviewing the ways in which women have been fantasized across nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture, Herman Rapaport offers a series of brilliant insights into the concept of the fantasm in modern art. This gathering of new and previously published essays centers on a key question in psychoanalytic theory - the primacy of visual (iconic) versus linguistic (auditory) realms in the construction of fantasy. Rapaport first provides a lucid analysis of the historical development of the French psychoanalytic concept of the fantasm - which includes such phenomena as dramas and daydreams, delusions, hallucinations, primal scenes, imaginary objects, fantasies, and complexes. In the chapters that follow, Rapaport considers both visual and linguistic aspects of the fantasm in penetrating interpretations of many well-known works, ranging from poetry to performance art. Engaging such controversies as the conflict between Lacanian and Derridean viewpoints, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in literary theory, feminist theory, and the intersections of psychoanalysis and philosophy in literary criticism.

After Lacan

Author : Willy Apollon
ISBN : 9780791488058
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The authors use examples from their own clinical practice to explain the development of Lacanian theory.

The Power Of Human Imagination

Author : Jerome L. Singer
ISBN : 9781461339410
Genre : Psychology
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For at least half of the twentieth century, psychology and the other mental health professions all but ignored the significant adaptive pos sibilities of the human gift of imagery. Our capacity seemingly to duplicate sights, sounds, and other sensory experiences through some form of central brain process continues to remain a mysterious, alma st miraculous skill. Because imagery is so much a private experience, experimental psychologists found it hard to measure and turned their attentian to observable behaviors that could easily be studied in ani maIs as well as in humans. Psychoanalysts and others working with the emotionally disturbed continued to take imagery informatian se riously in the form of dream reports, transferenee fantasies, and as indications of hallucinations or delusions. On the whole, however, they emphasized the maladaptive aspects of the phenomena, the dis tortions and defensiveness or the "regressive" qualities of daydreams and sequences of images. The present volume grows out of a long series of investigations by the senior author that have suggested that daydreaming and the stream of consciousness are not simply manifestations in adult life of persist ing phenomena of childhood. Rather, the data suggest that imagery sequences represent a major system of encoding and transforming information, a basic human capacity that is inevitably part of the brain's storage process and one that has enormous potential for adap tive utility. A companian volume, The Stream of Consciousness, edited by Kenneth S. Pope and Jerome L.

American Imago

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Vorlesungen Zur Einf Hrung In Die Psychoanalyse

Author : Sigmund Freud
ISBN : 9783947618149
Genre : Psychology
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Was ich hier als »Einführung in die Psychoanalyse« der Öffentlichkeit übergebe, ... ist die getreue Wiedergabe von Vorlesungen, die ich in den zwei Wintersemestern 1915/6 und 1916/7 vor einer aus Ärzten und Laien und aus beiden Geschlechtern gemischten Zuhörerschaft gehalten habe. Alle Eigentümlichkeiten, durch welche diese Arbeit den Lesern des Buches auffallen wird, erklären sich aus den Bedingungen ihrer Entstehung. Es war nicht möglich, in der Darstellung die kühle Ruhe einer wissenschaftlichen Abhandlung zu wahren; vielmehr mußte sich der Redner zur Aufgabe machen, die Aufmerksamkeit der Zuhörer während eines fast zweistündigen Vortrags nicht erlahmen zu lassen. Die Rücksicht auf die momentane Wirkung machte es unvermeidlich, daß derselbe Gegenstand eine wiederholte Behandlung fand, z. B. das eine Mal im Zusammenhang der Traumdeutung und dann später in dem der Neurosenprobleme. Die Anordnung des Stoffes brachte es auch mit sich, daß manche wichtige Themen, wie z. B. das des Unbewußten, nicht an einer einzigen Stelle erschöpfend gewürdigt werden konnten, sondern zu wiederholten Malen aufgenommen und wieder fallen gelassen wurden, bis sich eine neue Gelegenheit ergab, etwas zu ihrer Kenntnis hinzuzufügen. [Sigmund Freud im »Vorwort«] Inhalt: Vorwort | Erster Teil: Die Fehlleistungen | 1. Einleitung | 2. Die Fehlleistungen | 3. Die Fehlleistungen (Fortsetzung) | 4. Die Fehlleistungen (Schluß) | Zweiter Teil: Der Traum | 5. Schwierigkeiten und erste Annäherungen | 6. Voraussetzungen und Technik der Deutung | 7. Manifester Trauminhalt und latente Traumgedanken | 8. Kinderträume | 9. Die Traumzensur | 10. Die Symbolik im Traum | 11. Die Traumarbeit | 12. Analysen von Traumbeispielen | 13. Archaische Züge und Infantilismus des Traumes | 14. Die Wunscherfüllung | 15. Unsicherheiten und Kritiken | Dritter Teil: Allgemeine Neurosenlehre 16. Psychoanalyse und Psychiatrie | 17. Der Sinn der Symptome | 18. Die Fixierung an das Trauma. Das Unbewußte | 19. Widerstand und Verdrängung | 20. Das menschliche Sexualleben | 21. Libidoentwicklung und Sexualorganisationen | 22. Gesichtspunkte der Entwicklung und Regression. Ätiologie | 23. Die Wege der Symptombildung | 24. Die gemeine Nervosität | 25. Die Angst | 26. Die Libidotheorie und der Narzißmus | 27. Die Übertragung | 28. Die analytische Therapie

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