This book is a personal reappraisal of psychoanalytic theories in the light of clinical experience. The first part is about sexuality and begins where psychoanalysis began, with hysteria. The second part is about the ego and the super-ego, the relationship of which dominated Freud's writing from his middle period onwards. The last part is on narcissism and the narcissistic disorders, a major preoccupation of psychoanalysis in the second half of the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Sex and Death -- Hysteria (I): Anna O -- Hysteria (II): Sabina Spielrein -- Hysteria (III): the erotic countertransference -- The female castration complex: Freud’s big mistake? -- The Ego and the Superego -- The unconscious in practice -- The concept of the ego -- Emancipation from the superego -- The ego-destructive superego -- Humour and the superego -- Narcissism -- Narcissism and narcissistic disorders -- Narcissistic problems in sharing space