Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience by Christopher Bollas

By Christopher Bollas

Every person invests the various items in his existence together with his or her personal subconscious which means, everybody for this reason voyages via an atmosphere that consistently conjures up the self's psychic background. Taking Freud's version of dreamwork as a version for all subconscious considering, Christopher Bollas argues that we dreamwork ourselves into turning into who we're, and illustrates how the analyst and the sufferer use such subconscious tactics to enhance new psychic constructions that the sufferer can use to change his or her self event. construction in this starting place, he is going directly to describe a few very distinctive sorts of self event, together with the tragic insanity of girls slicing themselves, the adventure of a cruising gay in bars and bathes and the demented ferocity of the facist frame of mind. An unique interpreter of classical concept and scientific concerns, in Being a Character Christopher Bollas takes the reader into the very texture of the psychoanalytic procedure.

Show description

Read or Download Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience PDF

Best psychoanalysis books

Becoming Freud

Becoming Freud is the tale of the younger Freud—Freud up until eventually the age of fifty—that contains all of Freud’s many misgivings in regards to the paintings of biography. Freud invented a mental therapy that concerned the telling and revising of lifestyles tales, yet he used to be himself skeptical of the writing of such tales.

On Freud's "Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety" (Contemporary Freud: Turning Points & Critical Issues Series)

Along with constituting a primary milestone in modern Western inspiration, Sigmund Freud's enormous corpus of labor laid the theoretical-technical foundations on which psychoanalysts dependent the development and improvement of the excellent edifice during which they abide this day. This edifice, so different in tones, so heterogeneous, even contradictory from time to time, has stood powerful as a result of those foundations.

The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice

Using the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and the ethics of Emmanuel Lévinas, The discomfort Stranger invigorates the dialog among psychoanalysis and philosophy, demonstrating how every one is trained by means of the opposite and the way either are reinforced in unison. Orange turns her severe (and scientific) eye towards 5 significant psychoanalytic thinkers – Sándor Ferenczi, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, D.

Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques Lacan's the Ethics of Psychoanalysis

A examine of Lacan’s engagement with the Western philosophical traditions of moral and political suggestion in his 7th seminar and later paintings. With its privileging of the subconscious, Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic notion would appear to be at odds with the targets and strategies of philosophy. Lacan himself embraced the time period “anti-philosophy” in characterizing his paintings, and but his seminars undeniably evince wealthy engagement with the Western philosophical culture.

Additional info for Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience

Sample text

If I go to a concert to hear a favorite symphony, led by an inventive conductor, then I shall use the symphonic object as a known structure to fall into, for processing of my idiom. Frequently, though, my particular unconscious use of the auditory object will be surprisingly displaced by the conductor's imaginative reshaping of the object—an occasion that, unanticipated, throws me into previously unfelt areas in the prior processing of self through that particular symphonic object. We know where to find, as it were, third areas which Copyrighted Material Being a Character • 38 maximize the interplays of life.

In a very particular sense, we live our life in our own private dreaming. Mnemic Objects I have written of conservative objects as preserved self states that prevailed in a child's life when he could not comprehend a nonetheless self-defining experience within the family atmosphere (1987, 99). Stored unaltered because it is not understood enough to be symbolically elaborated or repressed, this experience of self is sustained as a recurring mood available for understanding in the future. A child may associate a conserved self state with certain actual objects that were part of his early experiences.

What is it? And how, if at all, does it differ from the "I"? These are important questions, though I do not propose to examine them here. But viewed from a certain perspective, this is less of a problem than one might think. When we live according to our desire, we naturally choose objects in the ordinary process of selection. Some objects (a book, a friend, a concert, a walk) release us into intense inner experiencings which somehow emphasize us. I think of this as a form of lifting, as encounters with objects lift us into some utterance of self available for deep knowing.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.75 of 5 – based on 16 votes