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The Mind Object

Author: Edward G. Corrigan
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Incorporated
ISBN: 1461631602
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How to Help People Who Have Only Their Minds to Love Can a person relate to his or her own mind as an object, depend upon it to the exclusion of other objects, idealize it, fear it, hate it? Can a person live out a life striving to attain the elusive power of the mind's perfection, yielding to its promise while sacrificing the body's truth? Winnicott was the first to describe how very early in life an individual can, in response to environmental failure, turn away from the body and its needs and establish "mental functioning as a thing in itself." Winnicott's elusive term, the mind-psyche, describes a subtle, yet fundamentally violent split in which the mind negates the role of the body, its feelings and functions, as the source of creative living. Later, Masud Khan elaborated on Winnicott's notions. This exciting book extends Winnicott's and Khan's ideas to introduce the concept of the mind object, a term that signifies the central dissociation of the mind separated from the body, as well as underscores its function. When the mind takes on a life of its own, it becomes an object–separate, as it were, from the self. And because it is an object that originates as a substitute for maternal care, it becomes an object of intense attachment, turned to for security, solace, and gratification. Having achieved the status of an independent object, the mind also can turn on the self, attacking, demeaning, and persecuting the individual. Once this object relationship is established, it organizes the self, providing an aura of omnipotence. However, this precocious, schizoid solution is an illusion, vulnerable to breakdown and its associated anxieties. Making a unique contribution, The Mind Object explores the dangers of knowing too much–the lure of the intellect–for the patient as well as for the therapist. The authors illuminate the complex pathological consequences that result from precocious solutions.

Authentic Movement Moving The Body Moving The Self Being Moved

Author: Patrizia Pallaro
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846425867
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Praise for the first volume: `It is very valuable to have [this collection of articles] all together in one place...a rich repository of insights and experiences for all the somatic disciplines. It is a wonderful collection of articles.' - Somatics 1999/2000 This second volume on Authentic Movement - a new discipline aiding the creative process in choreography, writing, theatre performance, dance, graphic and expressive arts, as well as spirituality - is an engaging and dynamic collection of scholarly essays, personal stories, practical suggestions and resources. It reflects cutting edge work on creative expression, meditative discipline and psychotherapeutic endeavour. Part I comprises five chapters written by the most prominent Authentic Movement practitioners and teachers and introducing the foundations and principles of Authentic Movement. In Part II, the contributors return to the source of Authentic Movement - the psychotherapeutic setting - and provide an in-depth examination of the personal processes in the therapeutic relationship and the potential of Authentic Movement to facilitate personal growth and change. Part III traces the development of Authentic Movement as a spiritual path and as interface with other spiritual practices. Part IV provides an overview of new developments in Authentic Movement, Part V offers inspiring personal accounts and Part VI provides guidelines drawn from practice as well as tools and resources. These latter chapters sow the seeds for a new understanding and directions for the developments of Authentic Movement. This authoritative text is indispensable for practitioners of Authentic Movement, students and teachers working in the field of dance therapy, art therapists, all creative arts therapists and body psychoanalysts.

The Call Of Solitude

Author: Ester Schaler Buchholz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684872803
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Achieving inner calm while feeling centered is a human goal that is never easy to master. But why of late do serenity and peace of mind seem further from reach than ever before? The world appears very busy, and finding moments to catch up with ourselves looks to be almost impossible. Something has occurred to change life's circumstances, to make peaceful, restorative time terribly elusive. Alonetime is a great protector of the self and the human spirit. Many in society have railed against it. Some have overused its healing potential. Others have kept it as a special resource both knowingly and unknowingly. ... (Yet) the only way we shall achieve ... ideal love is if we are allowed to flower in the due course and pace of our inner life. Whether or not we were fortunate in our growing up to blossom this way, plenty of time -- alone-times -- awaits us now to make the necessary readjustments.

Authentic Movement

Author: Mary Starks Whitehouse
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1843107686
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Authentic Movement is a discipline aiding the creative process in choreography, writing, theatre and expressive arts. This work traces its foundations, principles, developments and uses.

After Winnicott

Author: Harry Karnac
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 9781855755062
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Harry Karnac began to specialize in psychoanalytic bookselling at the suggestion of Donald Winnicott, a customer at Karnac's bookshop in Gloucester Road during the late 1950s. The two became good friends and Harry's interest in Winnicott and his works has remained strong ever since. This bibliography of over 1200 books, articles and reviews of works by, about, or relating to Winnicott and his work is the result of many years of research, and represents the most complete listing available to date. It is an essential reference work and will be an invaluable aid for scholars, clinicians, analysts, therapists, researchers and anyone interested in the life and work of one of the leading figures in the fields of pediatrics and psychoanalysis. "I am delighted to welcome and introduce Harry Karnac's careful bibliography of works to date that have made use of the plethora of ideas introduced into the psychoanalytic lexicon by Donald Woods Winnicott. This is the core work. All serious Winnicott scholars will find it essential as a starting point for reference. Since Winnicott's ideas tangle with many other fields, this compilation of references is the touchstone for many others in whatever areas they are engaged. Just as in his lifetime Winnicott regularly and frequently spoke to enormous numbers of different, not only professional audiences, so, after his death, his writings continue to engage all manner of people. Winnicott's work, no less than Freud's, has applications in, spans and influences 'Nothing Short of Everything' as he wanted to title his autobiography. Accordingly, his work has been discovered and influenced people in many fields of human endeavour. Everything is not yet available of the work of a man who is undoubtedly amongst the most significant heirs to the mantle of Freud [but] already Harry Karnac has listed more than 1200 articles, books and reviews of relevant derivative scholarship interest. Until the unopened archives become available no final evaluation of Winnicott's work will be possible....There is no intention here to annotate or provide a critical bibliography, nor to reproduce summaries or abstracts of articles, nor to analyse the items in any depth....This bibliography has been fascinating reading for me for whom it is essential, as I am confident it will be for many, many others now and in years to come." -- Judith Issroff, from the Foreword

The Legacy Of Fairbairn And Sutherland

Author: Jill Savege Scharff
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135449414
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The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland provides the first comprehensive review of W.R.D. Fairbairn and John Sutherland's theories on psycho-social development. It reviews Fairbairn and Sutherland's ideas, traces the philosophical roots of their thinking, explores their legacy, and demonstrates their relevance to contemporary practice. International contributors set these psychoanalytic theories in their philosophical and cultural context. They discuss the growing acceptance of Fairbairn and Sutherland's work in Europe and the Americas. They discuss the theories' impact on current thinking in subjects such as sexuality, hysteria, autonomy and repression. They re-examine the theories in the light of current clinical experience, illuminate them with reference to contemporary psychoanalytic theories and illustrate them with examples from work with children, adults, groups and families. This book presents an original fusion of the ideas of two of the most noteworthy figures in recent psychoanalysis. It will prove fascinating reading for all practicing and training psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.