Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject comprises the first English language translation of some of Michel Émile deM’Uzan’s key writings, alongside an invaluable glossary by Murielle Gagnebin of M’Uzan’s work. Together, they give a thorough overview of his key thinking.
The first part of the book sees M’Uzan exploring the compatibility between creativity (particularly creative writing) and psychoanalytic practice and includes an exchange with Jean-Bertrand Pontalis. The second part focuses on M’Uzan’s key psychoanalytic concept- ‘permanent disquiet’. Freud stated that the purpose of psychoanalysis was to transform neurotic suffering into common unhappiness. M’Uzan built on this idea in his career and examined what it means for the clinical process for the analyst to step back, not to try and force happiness onto the patient, but instead to accept and allow them to find for themselves their own state of ‘permanent disquiet’. Drawing on Freud and Winnicott and including an invaluable glossary of M’Uzan’s own psychoanalytic terms, this book brings M’Uzan’s powerful theory to the anglophone psychoanalytic world for the first time.
Permanent Disquiet: Psychoanalysis and the Transitional Subject will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists globally who are interested in French psychoanalytic thought.
Series Editor Foreword by Gabriela Legoretta; Preface by Dominique Scarfone; Foreword Part I: The artist and his hell 1 Interview with J.-B. Pontalis (fragments) (1977) 2 The hell of creativity (2008c) 3 Creative upheaval (2012) 4 The corrida… and its nether side (2011a) Part II: On the frontiers 5 On the frontiers (2013a) 6 A new perspective in psychoanalysis (2008b) 7 Introduction to the theory of the preliminary interview (2010) 8 Last words (1981) 9 The mouth of the unconscious (1978a) 10 Interpretation and memory (1993) Part III: Glossary
The aim of the The International Psychoanalytical Association Psychoanalytic Ideas and Applications Series is to focus on the scientific production of significant authors whose works are outstanding contributions to the development of the psychoanalytic field and to set out relevant ideas and themes, generated during the history of psychoanalysis, that deserve to be discussed by present psychoanalysts.