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Glacial Times

A Journey through the World of Madness, 1st Edition

By Salomon Resnik


132 pages

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In Glacial Times, Salomon Resnik brings together various facets of his work as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, working in both the private sector and in institutional settings and in a wide range of cultural contexts, to provide a careful summary of a lifetime of clinical work.

Drawing on a wide range of psychoanalytic, philosophical and literary sources, and vignettes from the author's extensive clinical experience, this book brings the subject of psychosis to life and demonstrates how the study of psychoanalysis and psychosis forces us to confront fundamental ontological questions. Subjects covered include:

  • Transmission and Learning
  • The role of the body in psychosis
  • The Universe of Madness: Frozen words and thoughts
  • The Internal world and the philosophy of the unconcsious
  • Psychotic thinking and language
  • The Symbolic order and its deficiencies.

This synthesis of over fifty years of experience as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist treating psychotic patients will fascinate anyone working in these fields.


"…this is a very warm and human book. Resnik rightly points out that if we are going to unfreeze the patient, we have to develop warm human relationships with them, in which we are not afraid to use our countertransference associations. In a world threatened with domination by evidence-based medicine within the field of psychosis, this book redresses the balance. It restores the centrality of a human approach with respect to the patient. It encourages those working in the field to gain confidence, in developing their own individual style, when working with patients with chronic schizophrenia." - Richard Lucas, Int. J. Psychoanal. 2006 vol 87 part 3

"The reader is guided on a richly intuitive tour…the articulated gems of description by which [the author] conveys the psychotic experience have a powerful and often unexpected impact on the reader" - Bob Hinshelwood, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice

Table of Contents

Transmission and Learning. Bodily Identification in Psychosis. The Role of the Body in Psychosis: A Group Experience. The Universe of Madness: Frozen Words and Thoughts. Glacial Times.

About the Author

Salomon Resnik is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist and author of The Theatre of Dream.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health