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Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony (Hardback)
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Therapeutic Action: An Earnest Plea for Irony (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 05/07/2019
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This book discusses how to write about the process of psychic change without betraying either love or science. It investigates the concepts of subjectivity and objectivity that are appropriate for psychoanalysts, the concepts of internalization and of transference.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367329167
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 203 x 140 mm


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"Jonathan Lear's Therapeutic Action vindicates its Oscar Wildean subtitle - An Earnest Plea for Irony - by giving us a Kierkegaardian reading, not so much of Hans Loewald, but of the transferences between Loewald and Lear. Just as the surviving traces of Plato in Freud was to identify reality-testing with a cognition freed of its sexual past, even so Lear attempts his own version of Kierkegaard's "The Case of the Contemporary Disciple"; Lear is Plato to Loewald's Socrates, which is an audacious venture. Therapeutic Action has the high merit of helping me to rethink some of my own transferences."--Harold Bloom
"In this bold and intriguing book, Jonathan Lear asks: How do psychoanalysts communicate not with their patients but with each other? Do the forms of psychoanalytic writing continue to reflect a distorted notion of scientific rigor? Do analysts in writing about therapeutic action ignore a key insight: that what they say matters less than how they say it? Does the health of the psychoanalytic profession currently hinge on analysts becoming more aware of how the form of their communication affects their lives as analysts?

With these provocative questions, Lear returns to his own point of departure as an analyst: his conversations with Hans Loewald and Loewald's paper on the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis. Honouring the dying wish of his mentor, he seeks to discover in a field riddled with discipleship how not to become a disciple. And with this untimely personal "how-not-to" book, Lear engages the difficult question: how to write about the process of psychic change without betraying either love or science. Therapeutic Action will enliven the thinking of anyone involved in analyzing the psyche."--Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice and The Birth of Pleasure

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