An Apocryphal Dictionary of Psychoanalysis is a book of transpositions, collecting together the author’s clinical vignettes, enigmatic objects, stray thoughts, projects, images, notes from readings, musings; but also, remarks on films and exhibitions, memories, episodes from daily life, summaries of papers to write, questions, doubts and obsessions, all of which have shaped the author’s understanding of psychoanalysis.
Born from moments in which the author has sensed a solution for problems encountered in daily work or for obscure but exciting points of the theory, the entries are ordered in an apocryphal manner, offering a personal and challenging view of psychoanalysis. Like small epiphanies in which there is always an emotion - be it that of amusement, astonishment, gratitude, sadness, joy – they express the style of the analyst and of the person in treating mental suffering and gives a glimpse into the imaginary which nurtures it. Ideas for psychoanalysis are outlined where at centre stage is the ability to wait, to be surprised; to operate from the place of the unconscious, which by definition is a place of negativity, and to exercise a form of soft skepticism – ultimately, a mode of hospitality.
An Apocryphal Dictionary of Psychoanalysis will be of great use to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Francesco Capello
A-Z: An Apocryphal Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
About the Author
Giuseppe Civitarese, MD, PhD, is a training and supervising analyst (SPI, APsaA, IPA). He lives in Pavia, Italy. His books include The Intimate Room: Theory and Technique of the Analytic Field, The Violence of Emotions: Bion and Post-Bionian Psychoanalysis, Truth and the Unconscious, Sublime Subjects: Aesthetic Experience and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis.