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Death and Identity

ISBN 9781780491462
Published July 15, 2013 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Michel de M'Uzan has derived several innovative notions from his clinical experience that are relevant not only for the psychoanalyst's status of identity, which is sometimes dramatically shaken by his or her patient's unconscious, but also for the artist who is deeply destabilized by his act of creation, as well as for the caring person who lets him/herself be caught in the nets, as it were, of someone who is dying. Such are the extreme examples of the precarious nature of the boundaries of being in which the author discerns, not necessarily a pathological disposition, but rather an opportunity for the mind to construct itself and achieve authenticity. Through this invigorating recognition of the unconscious with the emergence, at the heart of analysis, of 'paradoxical thoughts', the experience of 'blurred frontiers' characteristic of a vacillating sense of identity, the perception of an 'every man's land' in which the analytic treatment unfolds, and the elaboration of an 'original grammar' specific to the formulation of the intervention/interpretation of the analyst during the session.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface -- Preface -- From Art to Death -- The same and the identical* (1969) -- Countertransference and the paradoxical system* (1976a) -- The work of dying* (1976b) -- The Mouth of the Unconscious -- The person of myself* (1983) -- Slaves of quantity* (1984) -- During the session: considerations on the analyst’s mental functioning* (1989) -- At the Frontiers of Identity -- The paraphrenic twin or at the frontiers of identity* (1999) -- Death never confesses* (1996) -- The uncanny or "I am not who you think I am"* (2009) -- Invitation to frequent the shadows* (2006) -- Back to Object-Relations -- Object-relations: between whom, between what; for whom, for what?* (2008) -- Reconsiderations and new developments in psychoanalysis* (2011)

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