The concern with time permeates Freud’s work, from Studies on Hysteria to Analysis Terminable and Interminable, which point out to a network of concepts that indicate Freud’s complex theories on temporality.
Indeed no other psychoanalytic thinker has put forward such revolutionary vision on the dimensions of time in human existence. This volume brings together some of the most important papers written on the topic by members of the British Psychoanalytic Society. In the richness of the detailed clinical discussions the ways in which patients deal with time and memory are viewed as crucial indications about their internal world and ways of relating to their objects.
Disorientation regarding time tends to reflect levels of disruption to internal object relationships, inability to mourn or to experience guilt. Examples from literature and history are considered in order to examine the power of the repetition compulsion, Nachträglichkeit, as well as how the impossibility of bearing the mental pain can lead to the creation of a timeless world.
Rosine J. Perelberg is a Training Analyst and Supervisor, Member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, where she is currently Chair of the Curriculum Committee and serves in the Admissions Committee and Education Committees. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Theory at University College, London. She co-edited with Joan Raphael-Leff Female Experience: Three generations of British women psychoanalysts on work with women (1997). She has edited Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide (1998), Dreaming and Thinking (2000) and Freud: A Modern Reader (2005).
Introduction—Rosine Jozef Perelberg; 1) The Construction of Heterochrony—Andre Green; 2) Distortions of time in the transference: some clinical and theoretical implications—James Rose; 3) ‘Making Time: Killing Time’—Paul Williams; 4) Existence in Time: Development or Catastrophe—David Bell; 5) Regression, Curiosity and the discovery of the object—Rosemary Davies; 6) The Aztecs, Masada and The Compulsion to Repeat—Gregorio Kohon; 7) Borges, Immortality and the Circular Ruins—Catalina Bronstein.
Contributors: André Green, James Rose, Paul Williams, David Bell, Rosemary Davies, Gregorio Kohon and Catalina Bronstein