Subject to Change is a collection of essays written by Polly Young-Eisendrath, a highly-regarded senior Jungian analyst. The selected essays deal with the big issues surrounding how psychoanalysts understand their profession and how they can improve it. The book is divided into four clear and informative sections:
· Uncertainty and Subjectivity, which engages with Jungian theory and postmodern relations
· Feminism, Gender and Contrasexuality focusing on Jungian ideas on gender and contemporary gender theory
· Transference and Transformation in psychotherapy
· Transcendence and Subjectivity which uses Buddhist concepts to offer a critique of current biopsychological thinking as well as to clarify the possible aims of psychotherapy
The essays presented in Subject to Change are classics that will have significant appeal not only to those concerned with psychotherapy, but also those interested in spirituality.
Introduction: Changing the Subject: the Self as a Verb.
Part 1: Subjectivity and Uncertainty. The Science of Intention and the Intentions of Science. Struggling with Jung: the Value of Uncertainty. On the Difficulty of Being a Jungian Psychoanalyst. Subject to Change: Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity. The Self in Analysis: A Post-modern Account. Jungian Constructivism and the Value of Uncertainty.
Part 2: Gender and Desire. Myth and Body: Pandora's Legacy in a Postmodern World. Feminism and Narrating Female Persons. The Female Person and How We Talk About Her. Revisiting Indentity. Gender and Contrasexuality: Jung's Contribution and Beyond.
Part 3: Transference and Transformation. What's Love Got to Do With It? Transference and Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. The Transformation of Human Suffering: A Perspective from Psychotherapy and Buddhism. When the Fruit Ripens: Alleviating Suffering and Increasing Compassion as Goals of Clinical Psychoanalysis.
Part 4: Transcendence and Subjectivity. Psychotherapy as Ordinary Transcendence. Compassion as Resilience and Transcendence. Locating the Transcendent: Inference, Rupture, Irony. Self and Transcendence: A Post-Modern Approach. From Myth to Metaphor: Transcending Realism.
Polly Young-Eisendrath is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Medical College and a psychologist and Jungian analyst practicing in central Vermont, USA.