Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gaze, Body Image, Shame, Judgment and Maternal Function: Being and Belonging, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gaze, Body Image, Shame, Judgment and Maternal Function

Being and Belonging, 1st Edition

By Lía A. Roth

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128 pages

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Description

Have you ever been praised or criticized about your body or any part of it? With this question, participants of a research study were invited to share their experiences of body judgment. As participants described, the body is a carrier of messages and the source of judgmental experiences.

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Gaze, Body Image, Shame, Judgment and Maternal Function: Being and Belonging offers an insightful and engaging psychoanalytical account of experiences of shame and fear of rejection, explained through clinical vignettes and research participants’ scripts. Exploring the findings from the individual and social standpoints, as well as the cultural and historical influences, Dr Roth proposes that judgements are experienced as attacks, with the meaning attributed to the criticised body part affecting the sense of self and forming a central point of the participants’ identity trauma. Furthermore, that as guilt requires reparative action, shame requires an act of sacrifice to align the individual to the ideal and to preserve the matrix of belonging, thus explaining the participants’ use of alienation as a defence.

This book will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, as well as scholars of culture and religion. Giving a brief introduction to psychoanalytic concepts, with a full glossary, it will also appeal to the non-psychoanalytic reader, interested in body image and how related perceptions and judgements can affect our own sense of Being and Belonging.

Table of Contents

1. Made out of Crystal 2. The Body Image 3. We Are All Zeligs 4. Branded by Shame, TasteValues 5. Crack Mirror, Branded by Shame 6. Does it Happen Everywhere the Same? 7. Being and Belonging 8. Shame, Body Image, Maternal Function and Judgement

About the Author

Dr. Lía A. Roth, was born in Argentina, where she studied psychology at the University of Buenos Aires. Once in the United States, she obtained a master’s and a doctoral degree. In 2016, the IPA awarded Dr. Roth a Research Training Fellowship.

Currently, Dr. Roth works in private practice and teaches at China American Psychoanalytic Alliance.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health