Can we ‘stand inside’ new thoughts, rather than outside, looking at a closed box? This innovative and interdisciplinary collection aims to answer this question by broadening the way we look at and work with psychoanalytic ideas. By examining these ideas through the lenses of other disciplines, the contributors reveal what can be found when ‘boundaries’ are breached and bridges are built in psychoanalytical thought.
Judith Edwards here calls upon international analysts, psychotherapists and other professionals to explore the concepts of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ in psychoanalysis, boldly challenging existing boundaries. In this unique and ground-breaking collection, chapters are written by a mathematics professor, a sculptor, film-makers, anthropologists from Australia and Canada, an Ofsted inspector, a neuroscientist and two Chinese psychotherapists. The book emphasises the importance of listening across disciplinary lines, and crossing frontiers within psychoanalysis itself, by integrating psychoanalytic elements with poetry, music, literature, quantum physics, cultural studies and education. Edwards presents this original and global research with authority, showing us how these fields intersect and produce new understandings in us all that allow us to grow and benefit from new perspectives.
This collection is unlike no other in its interdisciplinary and international approach. It will be an essential tool for all psychoanalysts, including those in training, as well as psychotherapists and psychotherapeutically-engaged scholars. It will also be of immense interest to academics and students of interdisciplinary studies, psychosocial studies, cultural studies and film studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Dedication; Foreword by Margaret Waddell; Notes on Contributors; Introduction; Chapter 1: From Primitive Fears the the Safety of Metaphor by Josie Oppenheim; Chapter 2: Linking Mathematics to Psychoanalysis by Alfredo Moscardini; Chapter 3: Borderline Territory in Developmental Creativity by Rachael Henry; Chapter 4: Future Perfect: Some reflections on the sense of anticipations in ordinary infants and psychoanalytic work by Anne Alvarez; Chapter 5: Womba: The Yagwoia (cannibal) Complex by Jadram Mimica; Chapter 6: Body positive: Bodies, Minds, Trauma and becoming Easeful by Graham Music; Chapter 7: Matching Attunement and the Psychoanalytic Dialogue by Eric Rayner (abridged by Sarah Sutton); Chapter 8: Inside: Sculpture, anthropology and psychoanalysis; a conversation by Hugh Brody, Antony Gormley and Judith Edwards; Chapter 9: What you see is what you get: observation, as opposed to inspection, as a means of organisational change by Sarah Sutton; Chapter10: The Right Start in Life: The politics of learning and mental health in schools by Mick Megee and Lucy Alexander; Chapter 11: The Mourning Process of Ancient Chinese Women since the 11th century Song Dynasty: Cultural Influence and Universality by Dr. Ying Xue and Wing-kwong Ng; Chapter 12: Literature, psychoanalysis, chaos theory: iteration, re-iteration, recursion by Graham Shulman; Chapter 13: Looking after the Future: Conversations with Central Australian Indigenous Thinkers by Ute Eickelkamp; Chapter 14: Where are we now? How do we look and what do we see? by Judith Edwards; Index
Judith Edwards, PhD, MACP, is a former child and adolescent psychotherapist based in the UK who has worked at the Tavistock Clinic since the 1980s. She has been internationally published and is a past editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy. Her selected papers Love the Wild Swan were published in Routledge's World Library of Mental Health series.