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Analyst of the Imagination
The Life and Work of Charles Rycroft





ISBN 9781855759046
Published May 11, 2004 by Routledge
280 Pages

 
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Book Description

Charles Rycroft's lucid jargon-free approach to psychoanalysis inspired a whole generation. Taking inspiration from many fields outside psychoanalysis, including history, literature, linguistics and ethology, he established the important link between mental health and the imagination, creating a broader perspective and encouraging free thinking. This solitary and creative "rebel" rarely received the recognition he deserved, but this collection of articles and papers by people who felt the benefit of his ever-curious, expanding wealth of knowledge, goes some way to acknowledging the debt owed to him, and introducing a new generation to this innovative analyst.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Charles Rycroft: a memoir -- Outstanding within the “impossible” profession -- Charles Rycroft’s contribution to contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy -- Charles Rycroft and ablation -- The development of Charles Rycroft’s thought -- Insiders and outsiders -- The question of independence in psychotherapy -- Rebel Rycroft -- A brief history of illusion: Milner, Winnicott, Rycroft -- On bridging continuity and precision: the hidden music of psychoanalysis -- Charles Rycroft and the historical perspective -- The innocence of Charles Rycroft -- Glimpses of a life -- Further glimpses -- The last word …

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