How can we sustain love when lurking rivals, imaginary or real, threaten to destroy our fragile state of happiness? How can we love freely when jealousy becomes more seductive than love itself? Isolated by the sheer terror of being betrayed sooner or later, the jealous lover hangs in suspense, waiting for the bomb to drop. Jealousy, one of our more common forms of madness, induces extraordinary states of mind and testifies to the complex and hidden distresses buried deep within the psyche. In Jealousy, renowned psychoanalyst Marcianne Blévis reveals the multiple faces of jealousy and unmasks the unconscious triggers that prevent its victim from confronting this consuming torment. Divided by case study, each chapter unveils another trait of the jealous lover and deconstructs the origins of suffering, illuminating ways to put an end to the repeated patterns of self-destruction. In this fascinating exploration of a curiously familiar state, Blévis allows us entry into the discerning and revelatory analyses of these inevitable jealousies as she frees the jealous prisoner from a cage of passion by restoring the capacity for love.
About the Author:
Marcianne Blévis is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist practicing in Paris. She is a member of the Société de Psychanalyse Freudienne and director of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapeutic Department at the Sainte-Anne Hospital (Paris). She has published numerous articles in psychoanalytic journals and art publications.
Olivia Heal lives in Tours, France, where she is completing a master’s degree at the University of Paris VIII. She has translated, among others, texts by Monique Wittig and Nicole Brossard.