Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning: Clinical and Theoretical Contributions (The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoana

Unrepresented States and the Construction of Meaning: Clinical and Theoretical Contributions (The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoana

By: Howard B. Levine (editor), Gail S. Reed (editor), Dominique Scarfone (editor)Paperback

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In the last several decades, the analytic field has widened considerably in scope. The therapeutic task is now seen by an increasing number of analysts to require that patient and analyst work together to strengthen, or to create, psychic structure that was previously weak, missing, or functionally inoperative. This view, which may apply to all patients, but is especially relevant to the treatment of non-neurotic patients and states of mind, stands in stark contrast to the more traditional assumption that the therapeutic task involves the uncovering of the unconscious dimension of a present pathological compromise formation that holds a potentially healthy ego in thrall.The contrast which this book calls attention to is that which exists roughly between formulations of psychic structure and functioning that were once assumed to have been sufficiently well explained by the hypotheses of Freud's topographic theory and those that were not. The former are modeled on neurosis and dream interpretation, where conflicts between relatively well-defined (saturated) and psychically represented desires were assumed to operate under the aegis of the pleasure-unpleasure principle. The latter involve a different level of psychic functioning and registration, one that is more closely associated with pre-verbal, and/or massive psychic trauma, as well as with primitive mental states. It operates 'beyond the pleasure principle.' In complementary fashion, psychoanalytic theorizing has begun to shift from conceiving solely or predominantly of a universe of presences, forgotten, hidden or disguised, but there for the finding, to a negative universe of voids where creation of missing structure, often referred to by the Freudian metapsychological designation, representation, becomes of necessity part of the cure.However it is conceptualized psychoanalytically, representation is the culmination of a process through which impulse and content, and in favorable circumstances disguised versions of that part of the content that is unconscious, must all be linked. It is a term with historical roots in Freud's metapsychology, and its psychoanalytic usage refers back to that tradition and theoretical domain. It should not be confused with the way it or similar terms are used in other disciplines - e.g., child development or neuroscience - nor should references to its absence be misunderstood to necessarily imply the total absence of some kind of registration or inscription in 'the being,' i.e., the psyche or the soma, of the individual.

About Author

Howard B. Levine is a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England East, a member of the faculty and supervising analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a founding member of the Group for the Study of Psychoanalytic Process and the Boston Group for Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. Gail S. Reed practises psychoanalysis in New York City. She is the president and a founding member of the Group for the Study of the Psychoanalytic Process, a training analyst and founding member of the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, anda training analyst of the Contemporary Freudian Society and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. Dominique Scarfone M.D., is full professor at the Department of Psychology of the Universite de Montreal where he teaches psychoanalytic theory, does clinical supervision, and conducts conceptual research with his doctoral students. A psychoanalyst in private practice, he is a supervising analyst, member of the Societe and of the Institut Psychanalytique de Montreal, French-speaking sections of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is associate editor of the 'International Journal of Psychoanalysis' and a member of the editorial board of the 'Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis' as well of the international board of the 'Revue Francaise de psychanalyse'. He has published four books: 'Jean Laplanche' (PUF, 1997), 'Oublier Freud? Memoire pour la psychanalyse' (Boreal, 1999), 'Les Pulsions' (PUF, Que sais-je? , 2004) and 'Quartiers aux rues sans nom' (Paris, Editions de l'Olivier, Collection Penser/Rever, 2012). He is also the author of several book chapters and numerous articles in international journals. He is regularly invited to give seminars and conferences across Canada, the United States, France, Italy and Latin America.

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  • ISBN13: 9781780491318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781780491318
  • weight: 442
  • ISBN10: 178049131X

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