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Emotional Vertigo

Between Anxiety and Pleasure, 1st Edition

By Danielle Quinodoz


216 pages

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In this unique, prize-winning study Danielle Quinodoz unravels the unconscious significance of the feelings of vertigo which arise in situations where there is no immediate physical danger of falling and no organic cause. She traces the origins of such emotional vertigo to inner anxieties around separation which are expressed somatically at different levels according to the level of anxiety.

Through a detailed case study of a patient who developed the symptoms of vertigo during analysis the author offers some thought-provoking insights into the vicissitudes of the object relationship and the importance of the role of the analyst in helping the patient translate sensation into representation. She also reflects on the links between anxiety and pleasure in the experience of vertigo, clearly exemplified in sports such as rock-climbing or skiing, and shows how vertigo is inexorably linked to questions of equilibrium at the psychic as well as the physical level.

Emotional Vertigo is an excellent introduction to some of the central themes of current psychoanalytic thought.


"Quinodoz has written an impressive tour de force and offered readers an excitingly vertiginous experience." - Andrea Sabbadini, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

"This is a rich, stimulating and generous book which will enrich the thought and clinical practice of clinicians from the newly qualified to highly experienced." - Francois Sirois, Canadian Review of Psychoanalysis

Table of Contents

Gibeault, Foreword. What is Vertigo? Fusion-related Vertigo. Vertigo Related to Being Dropped. Suction-related Vertigo. Anxiety About being Sucked up by the Object. Imprisonment / Escape Related Vertigo. Vertigo Due to Attraction to the Void: The Emergence of Internal Space. Expansion-related Vertigo. Competition-related Vertigo. Vertigo, from Anxiety to Pleasure. What Makes a Candidate for Vertigo. Vertigo in the Work of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein. Dangerous Games with Vertigo. Equilibrium: A Continuous Construction.

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The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health