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Experiencing the Body: A Psychoanalytic Dialogue on Psychosomatics / Edition 1

Experiencing the Body: A Psychoanalytic Dialogue on Psychosomatics / Edition 1

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367181574
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/13/2019
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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


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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


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