The Evocative Object World
By (author) Christopher Bollas
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Evocative Object World by Christopher Bollas
Book DescriptionIn The Evocative Object World Christopher Bollas builds on Freud's account of dream formation, combining it with perceptive clinical, theoretical and cultural insights to show how the psychoanalytical method can provide a rich understanding of what has traditionally been regarded as 'the outside world'. Moving from the fundamentals of the free associative technique, through an examination of how architecture and the built environment interact with individual and societal dream life, Bollas extends the work of psychoanalysis beyond relations with literature and culture to the actual objects which surround us. As with the evocative external structures of our environment, Bollas describes how the family, with its inherited genetic structures, likewise constitutes a pre-existent unconscious formation into which we are placed, and demonstrates that there is more to this multifaceted unit than the traditional psychoanalytical notion of the Oedipal triangle. In the process, Bollas also provides a fascinating and comprehensive review of how his own theories have evolved over the past three decades: a period during which, in his view, Western society has increasingly neglected - or even become actively hostile towards - unconscious life. Throughout this engaging and accessible text, Bollas rejects the simplistic notion that mental life is unconsciously determined. Instead he provides a compelling study of how unconscious life is shaped by a diverse array of both internal and external factors, and how the work of the Freudian pair provides the best means to gain insight into our dreams, our surroundings, our families - and our mental life as a whole.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415473934
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Freudian Moment, Paperback (December 2012)» View all books by Christopher Bollas
Argues for a return to our understanding of how Freudian psychoanalysis works unconscious to unconscious. In this book, the author also argues, realizes a phylogenetic preconception that has existed for tens of thousands of years.
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Author Biography - Christopher Bollas
Christopher Bollas is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. A member of ESGUT, the European Study Group of Unconscious Thought, he is the author of over ten books on psychoanalytical theory and practice, as well as three novels and five plays.
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