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Reclaiming Unlived Life

Experiences in Psychoanalysis

By Thomas Ogden

© 2016 – Routledge

198 pages

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About the Book

In Reclaiming Unlived Life, influential psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden uses rich clinical examples to illustrate how different types of thinking may promote or impede analytic work. With a unique style of "creative reading," the book builds upon the work of Winnicott and Bion, discussing the universality of unlived life and the ways unlived life may be reclaimed in the analytic experience. The book examines the role of intuition in analytic practice and the process of developing an analytic style that is uniquely one’s own.

Ogden deals with many forms of interplay of truth and psychic change, the transformative effect of conscious and unconscious efforts to confront the truth of experience and how psychoanalysts can understand their own psychic evolution, as well as that of their patients. Reclaiming Unlived Life sets out a new way that analysts can understand and use notions of truth in their clinical work and in their reading of the work of Kafka and Borges. 

Reclaiming Unlived Life: Experiences in Psychoanalysis will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as postgraduate students and anybody interested in the literature of psychoanalysis.

Reviews

"Like all great writers, Thomas Ogden creates a world that seems wonderfully new and yet also familiar: a world in which we discover that we had resources of humanity in us that we did not know existed. Reading his texts and letting ourselves be read by them, we live the intense and gratifying experience of feeling more alive and more human. This is why I have always thought that the extremely beautiful and original works which have been his gifts to us for years, are not only a matchless contribution to the development of psychoanalysis, and not only ensure that it remains something worthy of our lifelong passion, but go far beyond psychoanalysis. Reclaiming Unlived Lives: Experiences in Psychoanalysis is simply further testimony to Ogden’s incredible creativity. From chapter to chapter his unmistakable voice leads us with gentleness and wisdom to confront essential topics such as truth, dream-thought, missing forms of life, the aesthetic experience in the session, Borges and Kafka, the interface between literature and psychoanalysis. A delightful conversation with Luca Di Donna ends the book. It is easy to foresee this work remaining a classic of psychoanalysis."-Giuseppe Civitarese, editor of the Journal of the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

"Thomas Ogden is one of the most highly esteemed analytic thinkers writing today. His writing is unique, at once lucid and profound. In this extraordinary new book, he offers a rare opportunity to accompany him as he reinvents psychoanalysis with each of his patients. Joining Ogden in this new venture is an opportunity not to be missed by psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic therapists seeking to deepen the way they think about their work and the experiences they have with their patients."-Glen O. Gabbard, MD, author of Love and Hate in the Analytic Setting and Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

Truth And Psychic Change: In Place Of An Introduction; On Three Types Of Thinking: Magical Thinking, Dream Thinking And Transformative Thinking; Fear Of Breakdown And The Unlived Life; Intuiting The Truth Of What’s Happening: On Bion’s ‘Notes On Memory And Desire’; On Becoming A Psychoanalyst; Dark Ironies Of The ‘Gift’ Of Consciousness: Kafka’s ‘A Hunger Artist’; A Life Of Letters Encompassing Everything And Nothing: Borges’s ‘Library Of Babel’; A Conversation With Thomas Ogden.

About the Author

Thomas H. Ogden, MD has published eleven books of essays on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, most recently Creative Readings: Essays on Seminal Analytic Works; Rediscovering Psychoanalysis; and This Art of Psychoanalysis. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He was awarded the 2012 Sigourney Award for his contributions to the field of psychoanalysis.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis