1st Edition

Avoiding Emotions, Living Emotions

By Antonino Ferro Copyright 2012
    232 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Avoiding Emotions, Living Emotions explores the psychoanalytic encounter and examines how emotions are formed and experienced by both the patient and analyst. The author narrates key theoretical concepts through the presentation of clinical material from adult and child analysis and emphasises the importance of being able to foster these narrations.

    Offering new insights into how the mind works, topics of discussion include:

    • Bion’s thinking and its fertilization: clinical implications
    • variations on transference and countertransference
    • image and narration.

    Providing the reader with clinical exercises and case reports, this book will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and psychiatrists, as well as being a helpful tool in psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic work on a day-to-day basis.

    Avoiding Emotions, Living Emotions. Image and Narration: An Endless Game. Examples and Queries. Bion: Theoretical and Clinical Comments. Bion’s Thinking and its Fertilization: Clinical Implications. Psychoanalytic Scales and Light Pollution. Thinking the Unthinkable. Variations on Transference and Countertransference. Psychoanalytic Exercises.


    Antonino Ferro is a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. He has been a visiting professor of psychoanalysis in various institutions in Europe, North America, South America and Australia. He received the Sigourney Award in the 2007.