Experiencing the Body: A Psychoanalytic Dialogue on Psychosomatics offers a range of perspectives on somatic illness, highlighting key points of convergence and difference between a range of psychoanalytic perspectives, to find a new understanding of this important issue.
Including contributions from experienced clinicians, each chapter presents contributions from two authors representing different points of view, before concluding with commentary from a third. It features discussion on key theoretical issues, including drive and affects, the role of the ideal ego, and the function of symbolisation, but also case studies of somatic patients, covering issues around depression and trauma, and exploring similarities and differences between somatic and borderline patients. Key treatment issues are also described such as psychosomatic investigation and the issue of transference and countertransference.
The result of a working party on psychosomatics of the European Psychoanalytical Federation, this unique book not only asks whether somatic illness arises from an impoverishment of the psyche or is primarily a form of communication through or by the body, but also tries to go beyond this classical opposition. It will appeal to any psychoanalyst or psychotherapist interested in this contentious and fascinating area.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
Jacques Press is a teaching and supervising analyst at the Swiss Psychoanalytical Society and Chair of the Working Party on Psychosomatics of the European Psychoanalytical Federation. He was awarded the Pierre Marty Psychosomatic Award in 1997 and is the author of two books and numerous articles.
Table of Contents
Section I: Two cases
Marina Perris-Myttas, Fotis Bobos
Section II: Clinical pictures
Chapter 1: Depression and psychosomatics
Jacques Press, Nick Temple, Eva Schmid-Gloor
Chapter 2: Trauma and its effects
Fotis Bobos, Jörg Frommer, Bérengère de Senarclens
Chapter 3: Somatic and borderline states
Bérengère de Senarclens, Christian Seulin, Marina Perris-Myttas
Section III: Treatment
Chapter 4: Psychosomatic investigation and treatment
Eva Schmid-Gloor, Jacques Press, Christian Seulin
Chapter 5: Transference and countertransference
Marina Perris-Myttas, Eva Schmid-Gloor, Luigi Solano
Section IV: Theoretical issues
Chapter 6: Drives and affects
Marina Perris-Myttas, Christian Seulin, Jörg Frommer
Chapter 7: Ideal ego, ego ideal and superego
Bérengère de Senarclens, Nick Temple, Fotis Bobos
Chapter 8: Symbolisation
Luigi Solano, Fotis Bobos, Nick Temple
Chapter 9: Defence mechanisms and levels of integration
Luigi Solano, Jörg Frommer, Jacques Press