Knowing, Not-Knowing and Sort-of-Knowing: Psychoanalysis and the Experience of Uncertainty is a contemporary, wide-ranging exploration of one of the most provocative topics currently under psychoanalytic investigation: the relationship of dissociation to varieties of knowing and unknowing. As editor Jean Petrucelli writes in her introductory overview of the anthology, “Although dissociation theory has existed side by side with the concept of repression in the history of psychoanalytic thought, for many years it was less examined, treated as if it belonged only to trauma theory.” Today, however, through the influence of relational models of psychoanalysis, spearheaded by Bromberg’s self-state theory, dissociation is becoming more widely appreciated as a central psychic mechanism pervading both normal and pathological functioning. This anthology is certain to contribute further to our appreciation of its importance.
The twenty-eight essays collected here invite readers to reflect upon the ways the mind is structured around and through knowing, not-knowing, and sort-of-knowing or uncertainty. The authors explore the ramifications of being up against the limits of what they can know as through their clinical practice and theoretical considerations, they simultaneously attempt to open up psychic and physical experience. How, they ask, do we tolerate ambiguity and blind spots as we try to know? And how do we make all of this useful to our patients and ourselves?
The authors approach these and similar epistemological questions through an impressively wide variety of clinical dilemmas (e.g., the impact of new technologies upon the analytic dyad) and theoretical specialties (e.g., neurobiology). Some of the numerous issues under examination here include important and, in some instances, under-theorized topics in psychoanalysis such as uncanny communication as the next frontier of intersubjectivity, secrets, criminal violence, the relationship of the body to knowing, disclosure of the analyst’s joy, dissociative identity disorder, pornography and sex workers.
Contributing Authors: Edgar A. Levenson, Philip M. Bromberg, Arnold H. Modell, Abby Stein, Sheldon Itzkowitz, Elizabeth Howell, Elizabeth Hegeman, Peter Lessem, Jean Petrucelli, Mark J. Blechner, Adam Phillips, Allan N. Schore, Wilma S. Bucci, James L. Fosshage, Richard Chefetz, Sandra G. Herschberg, Jessica Zucker, Katie Gentile, Janet Tintner, Jill Bressler, Barry Cohen, Caryn Gorden, Susan Klebanoff, Joseph Canarelli, Rachel Newcombe, Karen Weisbard, and Sandra Buechler.
Table of Contents:
Part One: Stalking The Elusive Mutative Experience
Part Two: The Keynote Addresses
Part Three: Dissociation – Clinical, Diagnostic and Conceptual Perspectives......
Part Four: When Experience Has A Mind of Its Own
Part Five: How Do We Know and How Does it Change? The Role of Implicit and Explicit Mind/ Brain/Body Processes
Part Six: How Bodies are Theorized, Exhibited and Struggled With and Against: Gender ,Embodiment, and the Analyst’s Physical Self
Part Seven: I Know Something About You: Working With Extra-Analytic Knowledge in the Analytic Dyad in the Twenty-First Century
Part Eight: Omissions of Joy