Michael Eigen is widely regarded as a significant and increasingly influential figure in contemporary psychoanalysis. This collection of papers, by contributors in the USA, Israel, Australia and South Africa, reveal how his works yield creative and generative possibilities with profound clinical and cultural implications. Writers include well-known authors such as Mark Epstein, Anthony Molino and Brent Potter. The papers are divided into three sections: Reflections (psychoanalytic and philosophical concerns, such as Heidegger, the Hindu Goddess Kali, Buddhism, the sense of Time); Refractions (clinical implications, papers on murder and aliveness, the nature of the analytic interaction, addiction and work with the mother-infant relationship), and Responses (personal impacts of his works, as well as poetry and the thoughts of a creative writer on Eigen's oeuvre). There are also papers on the experience of supervision with Michael Eigen as well as on his weekly seminars on Bion, Winnicott and Lacan, ongoing for more than forty years, in New York.
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James S. Grotstein, M.D. was Professor of Psychiatry, U.C.L.A School of Medicine, and a training and supervising analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute and at The Psychoanalytic Centre of California. He was a member of the editorial board of the 'International Journal of Psychoanalysis' and was past North American Vice-President of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He published over 250 papers and was the author or editor/co-editor of numerous books. Stephen Bloch is clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founding member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts and has served on its Executive Committee, Assessment and Review, Ethics and Library Committees. He has given training seminars on transference and countertransference, dream interpretation, Klein, Winnicott, Bion and Eigen, the psychoanalytic frame, music and psychoanalysis, embodiment, psychotherapy with the meditating patient. He has published papers and reviews and co- edited with Paul Ashton 'Music and Psyche' (Spring Publications, 2010). Loray Daws is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist currently in private practice in British Columbia, Canada. He is founding member of the South African and British Columbia Masterson Institutes as well as a faculty member of the International Masterson Institute in New York where he completed a post-graduate training program in the disorders of the self. He has published articles on dreaming, psychosomatic disorders (burning mouth syndrome and eating disorders) and the disorders of the self in journals such as the 'International Journal of Psychotherapy', 'Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology', 'South African Rorschach Journal', and 'Clinical Counselling and Contemporary Psychotherapy'. He has supervised and taught in South Africa, Canada, the United States, Australia and Turkey and currently serves as assistant editor for the 'Global Journal of Health Sciences'.
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