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Love and its Vicissitudes

ISBN 9781583917459
Published July 19, 2005 by Routledge
124 Pages

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Book Description

In Love and its Vicissitudes André Green and Gregorio Kohon draw on their extensive clinical experience to produce an insightful contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding of love.

In Part I, 'To Love or Not to Love - Eros and Eris', André Green addresses some important questions: What is essential to love in life? What, in the psychoanalytic method, is related to it? Should we understand love by referring to its earliest and most primitive roots? Or should we take as our starting point the experience of the adult? He argues that while science has made no contribution to our understanding of love, art, literature and especially poetry are the best introduction to it. In Part II, Love in the Time of Madness, Gregorio Kohon provides a detailed clinical study of an individual suffering a psychotic breakdown. He describes how the exclusive as well as the intense lasting dependence to a primary carer create the conditions for a "normal madness" to develop. This is not only at the source of later psychotic states and the perversions but also at the origin of all forms of love, as demonstrated in its re-appearance in the situation of transference.

Love and its Vicissitudes moves beyond conventional psychoanalytic discourse to provide a stimulating and revealing reflection on the place of love in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Table of Contents

Waddell, Foreword. About the Authors. Acknowledgements. Green, Part I: -To Love or Not to Love - Eros and Eris.  Addendum. Kohon, Part II: Love in the Time of Madness. From the Analysis of a Psychotic Young Man. The Heroic Achievement of Sanity. "Between the Fear of Madness and the Need to be Mad."

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André Green is a Training Analyst and Past President of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society, and an Honorary Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. A prolific writer, his books include The Fabric of Affect in the Psychoanalytic Discourse and Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Gregorio Kohon is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has published and edited a number of books, including The Dead Mother: The Work of André Green.