This important book features collected essays on the distinguished psychoanalyst Dr Michael Eigen, who is an influential innovator within and beyond psychoanalysis.
Drawing on the ideas of Bion, Winnicott, Kabbalah, and artists, Eigen’s work is noted for fusing spirituality with psychoanalysis and his extraordinary creativity. The book begins with Dr Eigen’s new essay "Rebirth: It’s been around a long time." The other essays feature a rich array of subjects and reflections, with many clinical examples and applications to domains beyond psychotherapy and include such titles as "Healing longing in the midst of damage: Eigen's psychoanalytic vision" and "Breakdown and recovery: Going Berserk and other rhythmic concerns."
Dr Eigen is one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the current era and this collection of essays provides insightful discussion on his ideas. This celebration of Michael Eigen will fascinate any psychoanalyst interested in his work.
Table of Contents
PART I: BREATHING INTO LIFE
Rebirth: It’s Been Around A Long Time
PART II: EIGEN IN TIME
Michael Eigen: A Personal Retrospective
On the Importance of Time as a Background Object
Healing Longing in the Midst of Damage: Eigen Psychoanalytic Vision
PART III: TASTING THE PSYCHE THROUGH EIGEN’S WRITINGS
Breakdown and Recovery: Going Berserk and other rhythmic concerns
Reading the Works of Mike Eigen in India: Artist of the Invisible
Chasing the Uncatchable: Mystery and Metaphor in the work of Michael Eigen
Michael Eigen and the Evolution of Psyche
On Not Knowing Michael Eigen
Canvassing Illusion and Faith in Fragmentation – An Indian Perspective
More than a Word: Reverberations between Eigen’s Notions of Deadness/Aliveness and Bion’s Grid
Psychoanalysis a Prayer: The Construction and breakdown of Faith in Dissociative States
PART IV: Spirituality and Becoming
Difficulties of Faith
Rachel Berghash and Katherine Jillson
Unity of Opposites": Hope in Psychodrama Group Psychotherapy Based on the Jewish Hassidic Spiritual Approach and Michael Eigen's Psychospiritual Relational Approach
The influence of the Kabbalah’s conception of Eros on the psychoanalytic Eros, according to Michael Eigen
"My Kingdom for a Widdler" Michael Eigen: A Beta-Watcher’s Midwife
PART V: Expanding the Psychoanalytic Frame
Elemental Contact: From Madness to Mysticism in Celebrating the works of Michael Eigen
Missed Opportunities in the History of Psychoanalysis
Elemental Contact: From Madness to Mysticism Celebrating the Work of Michael Eigen
Permission and Gratitude: Michael Eigen’s Gateway to Possibility and Freedom
About the Editors:
Ken Fuchsman (EdD) was President of the International Psychohistorical Association from 2016 to 2020. He is Emeritus faculty from the University of Connecticut, where he taught American history, interdisciplinary studies, the nature of being human, and the family in interdisciplinary perspective, and was Executive Programme Director of the Bachelor of General Studies Programme. Along with Michael Maccoby, Dr Fuchsman co-edited Psychoanalytic and Historical Perspectives on the Leadership of Donald Trump, published by Routledge.
Keri S. Cohen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board-Certified Diplomate in clinical social work. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Lancaster, PA. Her work is with adults, adolescents and children. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and holds a certificate from the William Alanson White Institute’s Online Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Programme. She is a published writer, has presented papers at national and international conferences, and is a co-moderator of the international online Studying Eigen group. She teaches and has attended Michael Eigen’s Bion seminars for nearly 15 years.