The Blind Man Sees
Freud's Awakening and Other Essays
By (author) Neville Symington
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Blind Man Sees by Neville Symington
Book DescriptionThe papers in this book have been written over a period of fifteen years, and focus in the similarity between psychoanalysis and religion. Symington argues that psychoanalysis can be seen as a scientific religion with Freud as the leader of the movement. He examines the various stages of the journey made by a religious leader from "blindness" to "founding an institution" and finds counterparts in the development of psychoanalysis while drawing examples from Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. He invites the reader on a journey with him - to examine the human mind, our society, the process of psychoanalysis, science and philosophy. He successfully uses examples from the consulting room to illuminate his arguments. Symington's honest accounts of the search for answers relevant to all of us encourage the reader to think further and deeper than he or she had intended. 'The psychoanalyst examines scientifically the emotional pattern in himself and the other. He can only do this to the extent to which he is self-aware. As what is he is exercising is the inner pattern of his and the other's relationship, then, according to my definition, what he is engaged in is a religious activity. As he is doing it in an orderly way about a determinate subject-matter, he is acting as a scientist. Hence my claim that psychoanalysis is a scientific religion.' - Neville Symington, from the Introduction
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855759848
(230mm x 147mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Neville Symington
Psychology of the Person, Paperback (May 2012)
The definition of 'person' implies that no two people, even identical twins, are the same. What is a person? How is a person different from someone who is not a person? This book set out to answer these questions. It intends to sketch out a 'psychology of the person'.
In-Gratitude and Other Poems, Paperback (November 2009)View all books by Neville Symington
Where does the creative act come from? No one knows. All the rash of literature in recent times from artists, scientists and theologians on the subject of consciousness finds its origin in this puzzle. This title includes the long poem "IN-GRATITUDE", which is based on the conversations the author had with his mother shortly before she died.
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Author Biography - Neville Symington
Neville Symington is a member of the British and Australian Psychoanalytical Societies. His books include 'Narcissism: A New Theory', 'The Making of a Psychotherapist', 'A Pattern of Madness' and 'Becoming a Person Through Psychoanalysis' (all published by Karnac Books); 'The Analytic Experience', and 'The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion' (written with Joan Symington). He has a private psychoanalytic practice in New South Wales, Australia.
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