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Landscapes of the Dark

History, Trauma, Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By Jonathan Sklar


208 pages

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In this important new collection of essays, Jonathan Sklar argues that the founding tension between Freud's commitment to interpretation and Ferenczi's extra parameter of 'being in the experience' has a central place/key role to play in contemporary psychoanalytic debate, and that this tension can best be understood by returning to the place of trauma in psychoanalysis. Taking this debate into the heart of the clinical setting, a set of extensive, penetrating and often disturbing case studies examine the evocation of the real as early trauma for many patients and its subsequent mental development - a case of schizophrenia, a man with a severe Tic (spasmodic Torticollis), and a neurotic with a somatic resistance to ending a long analysis.

Table of Contents

Prologue , Introduction , The rebirth of history and trauma in psychoanalysis , Formulation of interpretations in clinical practice , Hysteria and mourning—a psychosomatic case , Trauma, psychosis, and regression: the psychoanalytic treatment of a schizophrenic patient , Daydreams, dreams, and trauma , Psychosomatics and technique , Somatic resistance to termination: the contemporary use of “active” technique , The life cycle of the psychoanalyst: reflections on a seminar for newly qualified analysts 1 , Epilogue

About the Author

Jonathan Sklar

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health