Knowledge is never static. It is always open to revolutionary thinking or to evolving development. Similarly an individuals knowledge is always moving, and indeed if the ability to think about ideas is lost, an important part of the individual is also lost. In this book, a collection of some of the papers and lectures written by Michael Jacobs over a period of thirty or more years, the author shows his own thinking at work, as he challenges himself to look deeper at some important aspects of his discipline principally psychodynamic psychotherapy, although always with reference to other forms of discourse such as literature and theology. Here the reader will find the writer behind those popular texts such as The Presenting Past, Psychodynamic Counselling in Action, and Shakespeare on the Couch.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Challenging the stereotype: the psychoanalytic therapist's use of self -- Our desire of unrest -- Naming and labelling -- Optimism and pessimism -- The therapist's revenge: the law of talion as a motive for caring -- Parallel process: confirmation and critique -- Seeing and being seen -- The significance of fame -- Have we lost fate? -- A maturing professional approach