How can we understand the pull towards that which we fear: psychosis?
In this thought provoking book, Abensour proposes the idea of a temptation towards psychosis rather than a regression, as a response to the hatred or denial of the subject’s origins. She shares her reflections on her psychoanalytic work with psychotic patients focusing on their struggle to achieve a coherent sense of a self that can inhabit a shared world. Abensour locates this struggle within the universal human struggle to achieve a balance between what we can and cannot allow ourselves to know about the reality of death and of our insignificance in the world.
Table of Contents
Chervet, Foreword. Rifts in the ego. Part I: The Time of Psychosis: from "Actual" to "Present". The Question of Origins. When going back is impossible. "Actual-ness", Broken Time, Time in Confusion. Part II: A Space for Psychosis: From Writing to Psychoanalytic Psychodrama. Correspondence. The Materiality of Writing. Imprinting and the Effects of Reality. Part III: The Vertigo of Creation. Liminal Space, Manic Writing. The Delusional Temptation and Imaging Thinking.