Why Psychoanalysis

Elisabeth Roudinesco tackles this difficult question, exploring what she sees as a "depressive society": an epidemic of distress addressed only by an increasing reliance on prescription drugs.

Author: Elisabeth Roudinesco

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231518420

Category: Medical

Page: 184

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Why do some people still choose psychoanalysis-Freud's so-called talking cure-when numerous medications are available that treat the symptoms of psychic distress so much faster? Elisabeth Roudinesco tackles this difficult question, exploring what she sees as a "depressive society": an epidemic of distress addressed only by an increasing reliance on prescription drugs. Far from contesting the efficacy of new medications like Prozac, Zoloft, and Viagra in alleviating the symptoms of any number of mental or nervous conditions, Roudinesco argues that the use of such drugs fails to solve patients' real problems. In the man who takes Viagra without ever wondering why he is suffering from impotence and the woman who is given antidepressants to deal with the loss of a loved one, Roudinesco sees a society obsessed with efficiency and desperate for the quick fix. She argues that "the talking cure" and pharmacology represent not just different approaches to psychiatry, but different worldviews. The rush to treat symptoms is itself symptomatic of an antiseptic and depressive culture in which thought is reduced to the firing of neurons and desire is just a chemical secretion. In contrast, psychoanalysis testifies to human freedom and the power of language.

Why Psychoanalysis

Why Psychoanalysis continues her seminal work Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan from 2000 and links it with more recent work about comedy. Why Psychoanalysis is suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced readers.

Author: Alenka Zupančič

Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag

ISBN: 9788787564090

Category: Psychology

Page: 80

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In Why Psychoanalysis, Alenka Zupancic outlines the relationship between the ontological, the ethical and the aesthetical spheres of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. In three bold interventions she investigates the question of Being, Freedom and Comedy. Taking her departure from issues of sex, cause, and horror Zupancic reinterprets Kant's philosophical categories and outlines a unique theory of the subjekt. Why Psychoanalysis continues her seminal work Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan from 2000 and links it with more recent work about comedy. Why Psychoanalysis is suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced readers.


Psychoanalysis has been hailed as an indispensible starting point for understanding neuroses and psychoses.

Author: Daniel Pick

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199226814

Category: Psychology

Page: 143

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Since its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, and some of its ideas have inspired art, literature, and film, and become part of everyday conversation. This title offers a wide-ranging survey and offers insights into the therapeutic potential of the psychoanalytic method that Sigmund Freud pioneered. It shows how ideas about the unconscious have been applied, sets out various criticisms of the psychoanalytic procedure, and considers how both practice and theory have evolved since Freud.

Psychoanalysis of Technoscience

The next question evidently is: “Why psychoanalysis?” Why psychoanalysis?
According to Freud's famous definition (1922/1940), psychoanalysis is: (a) a
method for investigating psychic processes; (b) a method for treating neurotic
symptoms; ...

Author: Hub Zwart

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643910509


Page: 200

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This book presents a psychoanalysis of technoscience. Basic concepts and methods developed by Freud, Jung, Bachelard and Lacan are applied to case histories (palaeoanthropology, classical conditioning, virology). Rather than by disinterested curiosity, technoscience is driven by desire, resistance and the will to control. Moreover, psychoanalysis focusses on primal scenes (Dubois' quest for the missing link, Pavlov's discovery of the conditioned reflex) and opts for triangulation: comparing technoscience to "different scenes" provided by novels, so that Dubois's work is compared to missing link novels by Verne and London and Pavlov's experiments with Skinner's Walden Two, while virology is studied through the lens of viral fiction.

The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Psychoanalysis

Introduction: Why psychoanalysis matters In the field of literary studies, to say that
psychoanalysis has had bad press is an understatement. Even if it remains
strong at the field's margins, in film studies, in contemporary art history seminars,

Author: Jean-Michel Rabaté

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107027586

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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Taking Sigmund Freud's theories as a point of departure, Jean-Michel Rabaté's book explores the intriguing ties between psychoanalysis and literature.

Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism

Matt ffytche, Daniel Pick. Part VII Why psychoanalysis? This Page is Intentionally
Left Blank Chapter 15 Total belief PART VII: Why psychoanalysis?

Author: Matt ffytche

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317643186

Category: History

Page: 288

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Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism provides rich new insights into the history of political thought and clinical knowledge. In these chapters, internationally renowned historians and cultural theorists discuss landmark debates about the uses and abuses of ‘the talking cure’ and map the diverse psychologies and therapeutic practices that have featured in and against tyrannical, modern regimes. These essays show both how the Freudian movement responded to and was transformed by the rise of fascism and communism, the Second World War, and the Cold War, and how powerful new ideas about aggression, destructiveness, control, obedience and psychological freedom were taken up in the investigation of politics. They identify important intersections between clinical debate, political analysis, and theories of minds and groups, and trace influential ideas about totalitarianism that took root in modern culture after 1918, and still resonate in the twenty-first century. At the same time, they suggest how the emergent discourses of ‘totalitarian’ society were permeated by visions of the unconscious. Topics include: the psychoanalytic theorizations of anti-Semitism; the psychological origins and impact of Nazism; the post-war struggle to rebuild liberal democracy; state-funded experiments in mind control in Cold War America; coercive ‘re-education’ programmes in Eastern Europe, and the role of psychoanalysis in the politics of decolonization. A concluding trio of chapters argues, in various ways, for the continuing relevance of psychoanalysis, and of these mid-century debates over the psychology of power, submission and freedom in modern mass society. Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism will prove compelling for both specialists and readers with a general interest in modern psychology, politics, culture and society, and in psychoanalysis. The material is relevant for academics and post-graduate students in the human, social and political sciences, the clinical professions, the historical profession and the humanities more widely.

U S Armed Forces Medical Journal

This book aims in a modest way to provide some reliable source materials on
psychoanalysis for students of the behavioral sciences . The 24 contributors , with
1 exception , are all trained in the psychoanalytic science . It is difficult to do
justice ...






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Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Science

... During the past several decades , there has been considerable controversy
within the psychoanalytic field concerning ... whether the metapsychology is alive
or dead , and even whether psychoanalysis needs an explanatory theory at all .

Author: Wilma Bucci

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572302136

Category: Psychology

Page: 362

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Although psychoanalytic concepts underlie most forms of psychotherapy practiced today, the basic Freudian theory of mind the metapsychology does not mesh with current scientific views in psychology and related fields. As a result, despite its many strengths, psychoanalysis has been relegated to the periphery by clinicians and researchers alike. Filling a significant void, this book from cognitive scientist and psychoanalytic researcher Wilma Bucci proposes a new model of psychological organization that integrates psychoanalytic theory with the investigation of mental processes. Solidly rooted in current cognitive science, multiple code theory recognizes the focus on meanings and motives that is intrinsic to psychoanalytic clinical work. The theory points to parallel functions underlying free association and dreams, as well as conceptual development in children and creative work in sciences and the arts, and provides a strong foundation for empirical research on the psychoanalytic treatment process.

Embodied Encounters

In three parts the book presents examinations of both classic and contemporary films including Black Swan, Zero Dark Thirty and The Dybbuk: Part 1 – The Desire, the Body and the Unconscious Part 2 – Psychoanalytical Theories and the ...

Author: Agnieszka Piotrowska

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131763649X

Category: Psychology

Page: 236

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What is the role of the unconscious in our visceral approaches to cinema? Embodied Encounters offers a unique collection of essays written by leading thinkers and writers in film studies, with a guiding principle that embodied and material existence can, and perhaps ought to, also allow for the unconscious. The contributors embrace work which has brought ‘the body’ back into film theory and question why psychoanalysis has been excluded from more recent interrogations. The chapters included here engage with Jung and Freud, Lacan and Bion, and Klein and Winnicott in their interrogations of contemporary cinema and the moving image. In three parts the book presents examinations of both classic and contemporary films including Black Swan, Zero Dark Thirty and The Dybbuk: Part 1 – The Desire, the Body and the Unconscious Part 2 – Psychoanalytical Theories and the Cinema Part 3 – Reflections and Destructions, Mirrors and Transgressions Embodied Encounters is an eclectic volume which presents in one book the voices of those who work with different psychoanalytical paradigms. It will be essential reading for psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, scholars and students of film and culture studies and film makers.

The Annual of Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis,. and. Gender. FRANÇOISE MELTZER What I would like to do is
to try to work through (in the intellectual sense) how, and perhaps even why,
psychoanalysis keeps returning like a kind of constant itch to the feminist project
in ...

Author: Jerome A. Winer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113490097X

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

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Volume 26/27 begins with publication of The Annual's first prize essay, Samuel Abrams's "How Child and Adult Analysis Inform and Misinform One Another." This is followed by a series of papers originally prepared for a symposium honoring John E. Gedo. These papers span the clinical topics of obsessiveness, sublimation, dreams and self-analysis, and analyzability, and also delve into applied psychoanalysis and art history, with two studies of Vincent van Gogh and another of Alberto Giacometti. These papers not only convey the impressive range of Gedo's own interests, but embody the high scholarly and clinical standards that Gedo has long held, both for himself and for the field in general. Section III offers original contributions to clinical analysis in the form of the consideration of the role of affective engagement in the analyst's "usability"; thoughtful assessment of the perils of parental projection in child analytic work; and comparison of a failed and successful supervision in the same psychoanalytic case. Section IV examines psychoanalysis and the arts, with two further studies of van Gogh, an analytic reading of Nabokov's Lolita, and more general examinations of psychoanalysis in relation to dramatic art and film analysis. The volume closes with two provocative scholarly essays bearing on the roots of psychoanalysis: the correspondence between Mabel Dodge and her analysts Smith Ely Jelliffe and A. A. Brill as a vehicle for reviewing the issue of extra- and postanalytic contact between analyst and patient; and an examination of Freud, Lacan, and the uneasy relationships among literature, psychoanalysis, and the female subject. Volume 26/27 offers readers a rich harvest of contemporary insights about psychoanalysis, including its history and evolution, its continuing clinical refinement, and its scholarly applications outside the consulting room.

Psychoanalysis and Cinema

Martin, Alexander Reid, M.D. “Why Psychoanalysis?”, in Are You Considering
Psychoanalysis?. Karen Horney, ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1946. McCarroll,
Luli Barzman, in “Media/Bulimia, or The Politics of Cleanliness”, in On Film, no.

Author: E. Ann Kaplan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113521316X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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These fifteen carefully chosen essays by well-known scholars demonstrate the vitality and variety of psychoanalytic film criticism, as well as the crucial role feminist theory has played in its development. Among the films discussed are Duel in the Sun, The Best Years of Our Lives, Three Faces of Eve, Tender is the Night, Pandora's Box, Secrets of the Soul, and the works of Jacques Tourneur (director of The Cat People and other features).

Between Feminism and Psychoanalysis

ensued when psychoanalysis crossed the Channel and arrived in Britain: at one
stroke, we might then have found the answer to why psychoanalysis has never
made its way into British culture, or why English-speaking feminists have been ...

Author: Teresa Brennan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134980310

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

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In this landmark collection of original essays, outstanding feminist critics in Britain, France, and the United States present new perspectives on feminism and psychoanalysis, opening out deadlocked debates. The discussion ranges widely, with contributions from feminists identified with different, often opposed views on psychoanalytic criticism. The contributors reassess the history of Lacanian psychoanalysis and feminism, and explore the significance of its institutional context. They write against the received views on 'French feminism' and essentialism. A remarkable restatement of current positions within psychoanalysis and feminism, the volume as a whole will change the terms of existing debates, and make its arguments and concerns more generally accessible.

A Godless Jew

Argues that Freud was an atheist and that atheism was an important prerequisite for his development of psychoanalysis

Author: Peter Gay

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300046083

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 182

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Argues that Freud was an atheist and that atheism was an important prerequisite for his development of psychoanalysis


Applied psychoanalysis requires a double competence — familiarity with
analysis and with the field of application — which leads us to say that the analyst
who plays sociologist and the art critic who plays analyst are in the same boat .

Author: Daniel Lagache

Publisher: New York : Walker


Category: Psychoanalysis

Page: 151

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Understanding Trauma

A Psychoanalytical Approach Caroline Garland. Introduction Why psychoanalysis
? Caroline Garland Nearly a dozen years ago , in 1986 , six students who were
qualifying at the same time at the Institute of Psycho - Analysis were celebrating ...

Author: Caroline Garland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415921886

Category: Psychology

Page: 212

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Revised edition with additional chapter. This book, from the Tavistock Clinic Series, is about what follows the breakdown in functioning, either short- or longer-term, provoked by a traumatic event. The authors offer a psychoanalytical understanding of the meaning of the trauma for an individual, illuminating theory with detailed clinical illustration and case histories. A range of therapeutic procedures is described.

Science and Psychoanalysis

Myths and psychoanalysis Since psychoanalysis is essentially personal
communication , myths are the very heart of it . Myths and language have the
dialectical relation of subject and object . This is what gives the distinguishing
characteristic ...

Author: American Academy of Psychoanalysis

Publisher: Saunders


Category: Dreams

Page: 194

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Scientific proceedings of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis (called v. 1-9 Academy of Psychoanalysis).

Psychology After Lacan

background forour argument, we will nowturnto consider why psychoanalysis in
particular needsto betaken seriously. Above and beyond the various arguments
thatcanbe made for psychoanalysis by those who are enthusiastic followers ...

Author: Ian Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131768320X

Category: Psychology

Page: 136

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Ian Parker has been a leading light in the fields of critical and discursive psychology for over 25 years. The Psychology After Critique series brings together for the first time his most important papers. Each volume in the series has been prepared by Ian Parker and presents a newly written introduction and focused overview of a key topic area. Psychology After Lacan is the sixth volume in the series and addresses three central questions: Why is Lacanian psychoanalysis re-emerging in mainstream contemporary psychology? What is original in this account of the human subject? What implications does Lacanian psychoanalysis have for psychology? This book introduces Lacan’s influential ideas about clinical psychoanalysis and contemporary global culture to a new generation of psychologists. The chapters cover a number of key themes including conceptions of the human subject within psychology, the uses of psychoanalysis in qualitative research, different conceptions of ethics within psychology, and the impact of cyberspace on human subjectivity. The book also explores key debates currently occurring in Lacanian psychoanalysis, with discussion of culture, discourse, identification, sexuality and the challenge to mainstream notions of normality and abnormality. Psychology After Lacan is essential reading for students and researchers in psychology, psycho-social studies, sociology, social anthropology and cultural studies, and to psychoanalysts of different traditions engaged in academic research. It will also introduce key ideas and debates within critical psychology to undergraduates and postgraduate students across the social sciences.

Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Freudian psychoanalysis with a whole series of national cultural points of view ,
was able to make psychoanalysis so popular in France ; why psychoanalysis
could enter German universities as the new subject called “ psychotherapy and ...




Category: Psychoanalysis


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Psychoanalysis and Human Values

In other words , there are psychoanalytic reasons , or reasons intelligible in
psychoanalytic terms , why psychoanalysis itself has not been capable of
consistent and rigorous reality testing in the face of the half - acknowledged
differences in ...

Author: Academy of Psychoanalysis



Category: Psychoanalysis

Page: 377

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Psychoanalysis in China

Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis , and The Interpretation of Dreams .
Freud ' s lectures at Clark University were also translated into Chinese . These
works provided Chinese intellectuals with their only direct contact with Freudian ...

Author: Chang Ching-yüan

Publisher: Cornell East Asia Series


Category: History

Page: 197

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A historical and bibliographical study of the reception and interpretation of Freud's ideas in China and an analysis of the use of these ideas in literature and literary criticism. Combining original historical research with a sensitivity to the interpretive issues raised by both fictional and expository texts, this study covers a wide range of Chinese translations, popularizations, and critical materials about psychoanalysis as well as many fictional works from the period.