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Journeys in Psychoanalysis: The Selected Works of Elizabeth Spillius, by Elizabeth Spillius, Routledge, East Sussex and New York, 2016, 192pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-11-07 18:00
Authors: Friedman HJ PMID: 29118389 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning, edited by Lene Auestad, Karnac Books Ltd., London, 2017, 197pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-11-07 18:00
Authors: Molofsky M PMID: 29118390 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Personal Mourning, and Border Psychology, by Vamik D. Volkan, Karnac, London, 2017, 118pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-11-07 18:00
Authors: Miller IS PMID: 29118391 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Categories: Psychoanalytics

The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust, by Silvano Arieti, Paul Dry Books, Philadelphia, PA, 2000, 158pp.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-11-05 18:00
Authors: Covitz H PMID: 29109442 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Shining a Psychoanalytic Light on Alienation, Otherness, and Xenophobia.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-11-05 18:00
Authors: Koritar E PMID: 29109443 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Psychoanalysis in an Age of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization, by Neil Altman, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2015, 140pp.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-10-31 18:00
Psychoanalysis in an Age of Accelerating Cultural Change: Spiritual Globalization, by Neil Altman, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2015, 140pp. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Nov 01;: Authors: Rachmani V PMID: 29093573 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Moral injury.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-29 18:00
MORAL INJURY. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Oct 30;: Authors: Antonelli M Abstract The devastating effect on the self of moral injury, often a core component of trauma, occurring when one's actions have profoundly violated one's code of ethics, when one has been a victim of such violation, or when one has been a passive witness, has been extensively explored as it has occurred in veterans of the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Two examples illustrate its prevalence in civilian life. The literature shows violation of expected empathy from and for others, inherent in our nature, is more devastating than violation of the ethical code of our culture or sub-culture, adherence to which becomes urgent as our need emerges to belong to the culture or subculture of which we are a...
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Our Relations to Refugees: Between Compassion and Dehumanization.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-29 18:00
Authors: Varvin S Abstract After the so-called refugee crisis of 2015-2016 European reactions to foreigners had come to the fore and we are seeing xenophobic political and populist movements become increasingly mainstream. The massive rejection of refugees/asylum seekers taking place has made their conditions before, during and after flight, increasingly difficult and dangerous. This paper relates current xenophobia to historical attitudinal trends in Europe regarding Islam, and claims that a much more basic conflict is at work: the one between anti-modernism/traditionalism and modernism/globalization. Narratives on refugees often relate them to both the foreign (Islam) and to "trauma". In an environment of insecurity and collective anxiety, refugees may represent something alien a...
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I Am a Mystery to Myself.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Miller J Abstract Throughout my lifetime I have had a vague sense of my identity. There were no distinct memories or stories from my childhood and adolescence to provide me with the recognition, much less an appreciation, for who I was in the world. It wasn't until I entered psychotherapy that revelations about my family life came into understanding. This was not from any recollecting of actual events but from the indirect observations of families where being engaged with each other had occurred. Through psychoanalysis, reading a variety of psychoanalytic thinkers, and by taking up my own writing I was encouraged to discover myself, even at the cost of the sorrow of never having that encouragement in growing up, the cost that comes with the exploration. Where no childhood ...
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Anti-semitism and Xenophobia.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Kogan I Abstract This paper explores the link between anti-Semitism and xenophobia from a psychoanalytic prism. The author claims that anti-Semitism is a particular form of xenophobia directed against Jews, with some unique characteristics. She first introduces some basic notions about xenophobia, and then discusses the origins of anti-Semitism as they are viewed in early psychoanalytic thinking and in contemporary psychoanalysis. The article explores the nature of anti-Semitism in society today, and presents some reflections on the interplay between anti-Semitism and other kinds of xenophobia. PMID: 29062130 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel: Two Historical Contributions.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: Bacciagaluppi M Abstract This paper discusses two 19th century French-speaking authors, Pierre Janet and Auguste Forel, who both employed hypnosis and in various ways were early influences on psychoanalysis. To acquaint the reader with the clinical works of these pioneers, a long case history by Janet, and a case history by Forel are presented. The connections between these two authors and modern developments are discussed. Both historical figures were contemporaries of Freud and their at times contentious relationships became part of their legacy. PMID: 29062131 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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Some Paths Towards Psychotic Alienation.

MedWorm - Sun, 2017-10-22 18:00
Authors: De Masi F Abstract In this paper I use the term alienation to describe the mind's detachment from psychic reality and its withdrawal into an alien world that leads to progressive dehumanization. In spite of this phenomenon having a psychodynamic nosography and descriptive models that effectively reveal it in detail, mental alienation is still mysterious and unsettling, especially when it manifests all of a sudden in clinical work. Alienating withdrawal into sensory fantasizing, which causes increasing loss of contact with human reality, is often preceded by a long period of time spent in a dissociated world that has gradually replaced psychic reality. However, prior to the human world being completely replaced by the alien world, both worlds coexisted for a considerable le...
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Genesis and profanation of the other world: The interpretation of dreams

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This paper addresses Nietzsche's reflections on the phenomenon of dreams as a crucial precedent of Freud's Die Traumdeutung. The works of Nietzsche and Freud are scrutinized to establish and compare the most relevant aspects of their understanding of dreams. The philosophical impact of both accounts is assessed in terms of the transvaluation of religious and metaphysical values, which reveals three epistemological shifts: the replacement of Metaphysics by History/Genealogy (Nietzsche) and by Metapsychology (Freud), and the expansion of rationality beyond the limits of consciousness (Nietzsche and Freud). Both authors are shown to consider dreams as figurative expressions of a postponed desire – or, more specifically, as the imaginary fulfillment (compensation) and the evocation/awakening of desire. As captured by the phrase “Memento libidines”, dreams are portrayed in both accounts as the guardians of sleep and desire. Finally, and in contrast with Assoun, a new interpretation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra is proposed, as an interpretation of the prophet's dreams reveals the presence of individual desire within the Nietzschean understanding of the phenomenon.

Genése et profanation de l'autre monde : l'interprétation des rêves

Cet article propose présenter la pensée de Friedrich Nietzsche sur le phénomène des rêves comme une antécédente incontournable de Die Traumdeutung. On va explorer les œuvres de Nietzsche et de Sigmund Freud pour établir et comparer les aspects les plus importants de leurs conceptions sur les rêves. On va réfléchir sur l'impact philosophique de l'interpretation des rêves formulée par ces auteurs en termes d'une transvaluation sécularisée des valeurs religieux et métaphysiques qu'on présente divisé en trois niveau: le remplacement de la Métaphysique par l'Histoire (Nietzsche), une traduction de la Métaphysique en Métapsychologie (Freud), et l'extension de la rationalité au-delà des limites étroites de la conscience (Nietzsche et Freud). On peut constater que, en tant qu'expression figurée d'un désir différé, le rêve est, selon ces deux auteurs, en même temps le paradigme de la satisfaction imaginaire (compensatoire) et le souvenir/l'excitation du désir. Avec l'expression “Memento libidines” on affirme que le rêve est le gardian de sommeil et du désir. Finalement, et contrairement à la version d'Assoun, l'article propose une nouvelle interprétation d’Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra qui met en relief, à partir de l'analyse des rêves de Zarathoustra, la présence du désir individuel dans la conception nietzschéenne du rêve.

Genesis und Profanierung der Anderen Welt: Die Traumdeutung

Dieser Beitrag untersucht Nietzsches Überlegungen zum Phänomen der Träume als maßgeblichen Vorläufer von Freuds Traumdeutung. Nietzsches und Freuds Schriften werden untersucht, um die relevantesten Aspekte ihres jeweiligen Verständnisses der Träume herauszuarbeiten und miteinander zu vergleichen. Die philosophischen Implikationen beider Konzeptualisierungen werden mit Blick auf die Umwertung religiöser und metaphysischer Werte untersucht. Dabei werden drei epistemologische Veränderungen erkennbar: Die Ersetzung der Metaphysik durch die Geschichte (Nietzsche) und durch die Metapsychologie (Freud) sowie die Erweiterung der Rationalität über die Grenzen des Bewusstseins hinaus (Nietzsche und Freud). Der Autor zeigt, dass beide Autoren die Träume als bildlichen Ausdruck eines aufgeschobenen Wunsches verstehen, genauer: als imaginäre Erfüllung (Kompensation) und als Evokation/Hervorrufen des Wunsches. Sowohl bei Nietzsche als auch bei Freud werden Träume als Wächter des Schlafes und des Wunsches verstanden. Abschließend präsentiert der Autor eine von P. Assoun abweichende neue Interpretation von Also sprach Zarathustra, da die Deutung der Träume innerhalb des nietzeanischen Verständnisses des Phänomens des Propheten individuelle Wunschaktivität zutage treten lässt.

Genesi e profanazione dell'altro mondo: l'interpretazione dei sogni

Questo articolo si incentra sulle riflesioni di Nietzsche sul fenomeno dei sogni, come precedente fondamentale della Traumdeutung di Freud. Si esaminano le opere di Nietzsche e di Freud per stabilire e confrontare gli aspetti di maggior rilievo della loro concettualizzazione del sogno. Si valuta l'impatto filosofico di entrambe le prospettive teoriche in termini di trasposizione dei valori religiosi e metafisici, che rivela tre trasformazioni epistemologiche: la sostituzione della metafisica con la storia (Nietzsche) e con la metapsicologia (Freud) e l'estensione della razionalità oltre i limiti della coscienza (Nietzsche and Freud). Si mostra come entrambi gli autori ritenessero il sogno l'espressione figurativa del desiderio differito – o, più specificamente, la realizzazione immaginaria (compensazione) e l'evocazione/risveglio del desiderio. Come si può cogliere dall'espressione Memento libidines, entrambe le concettualizzazioni rappresentano il sogno come il guardiano del sonno e del desiderio. Si propone infine, e in contrasto con Assoun, una nuova interpretazione di Così parlò Zaratustra, come interpretazione dei sogni del profeta, che rivela la presenza del desiderio individuale nel contesto della visione nietzschiana di questo fenomeno.

Génesis y profanación del otro mundo: La interpretación de los sueños

Este trabajo presenta el pensamiento de Friedrich Nietzsche sobre el fenómeno de los sueños como un antecedente ineludible de Die Traumdeutung. Se exploran con exhaustividad las obras de Nietzsche y Sigmund Freud para establecer y comparar los puntos centrales de sus respectivas concepciones del sueño. Se reflexiona sobre el impacto filosófico de la interpretación de los sueños forjada por ambos en términos de una transvaloración securalizadora de los valores religiosos y metafísicos que deslindamos en tres niveles: el reemplazo de la Metafísica por la Historia (Nietzsche), una traducción de la Metafísica en Metapsicología (Freud), y la ampliación de la racionalidad más allá de los estrechos límites de la conciencia (Nietzsche y Freud). Se demuestra que, en tanto expresión figurada de un deseo postergado, el sueño es para ambos tanto el paradigma de la satisfacción imaginaria (compensatoria) como del recuerdo/despertar del deseo. Expresándolo con la fórmula “Memento libidines”, se afirma que si el sueño es el guardián del dormir, también lo es del deseo. Por último, y contra la versión de Assoun, el artículo propone una novedosa interpretación de Así habló Zaratustra que pone de relieve, a partir del análisis de los sueños de Zaratustra, la presencia del deseo individual en la concepción nietzscheana del sueño.

Second special issue: heritage of a psychoanalytic mind. ferenczi international conference in toronto.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-09-12 18:00
SECOND SPECIAL ISSUE: HERITAGE OF A PSYCHOANALYTIC MIND. FERENCZI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TORONTO. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Sep 13;: Authors: Garon J PMID: 28904395 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: American Journal of Psychoanalysis)
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The Failure of Clara Thompson's Ferenczian (Proxy) Analysis of Harry Stack Sullivan.

MedWorm - Tue, 2017-09-12 18:00
Authors: Meigs K Abstract After hearing Ferenczi's talks on theory and practice in New York in 1926, psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan urged his friend and colleague Clara Thompson to get analyzed by Ferenczi so they could learn his technique. After saving for 2 years Thompson was a patient of Ferenczi for three summers and then moved to Budapest full-time for analysis until Ferenczi's death. Two years after she returned to New York she attempted to analyze Sullivan. Analysis was broken off in anger by Sullivan after 14 months. Before the promised Ferenczian analysis began Thompson discovered Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis (1933) and she tried an aggressive attack on character with Sullivan rather than Ferenczian trauma-oriented "relaxation" and "neocathartic" therapy. Sulliva...
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Ferenczi's evolving conception of narcissisic pathology and its basis in trauma.

MedWorm - Thu, 2017-08-03 18:00
FERENCZI'S EVOLVING CONCEPTION OF NARCISSISIC PATHOLOGY AND ITS BASIS IN TRAUMA. Am J Psychoanal. 2017 Aug 04;: Authors: Frankel J Abstract Ferenczi's landmark contributions to understanding and treating psychological trauma are inseparable from his evolving conception of narcissism, though he grasped their interrelationship only gradually. Ultimately, he saw narcissistic disorders as the result of how children cope with abuse or neglect, and their aftermath-they identify and comply with the needs of the aggressor, and later of people more generally, and dissociate their own needs, feelings, and perceptions; and they compensate for their submission and sacrifice of self by regressing to soothing omnipotent fantasies-which, ironically, may facilitate continued submissio...
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