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Hamid R. Arabnia; Leonidas Deligiannidis; Ashu M. G. Solo; and Fernando G. Tinetti (Editors) Mercury Learning and Information PDF
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CHAPTER EIGHT: Dialogue with Shakespeare and Jean-Paul Sartre about psychoanalysis and scientific methodology

David Rosenfeld Karnac Books ePub

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts… .

Shakespeare, As You Like It (Act II, Scene 7)

David Rosenfeld [DR]: Let us begin this seminar by trying to express the questions we have about “Analysis Terminable and Interminable” (Freud, 1937a).

Gerardo: What was the personal and social background of Freud’s treatment of this subject?

Elsa: Freud put it that the main purpose was to think again about what psychoanalysis achieved with patients.

Goyo: It is a taking stock of his life in 1937. With the Nazis already in Germany, perhaps he was thinking that he, as a scientist, was powerless to cure the diseases of cancer, Nazism, and war. So he returned to the destructive instinct, the death drive, and to the possibility of an equilibrium between Eros and Thanatos.

Arturo: Freud tried to deal with the question in the field of research with which he was familiar—that of psychoanalysis. He was particularly concerned with situations where a complete cure was not achieved. He examined clinical cases familiar to him.

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24 The tools: game-changers

Stephen Frost Kogan Page ePub

When we launched the Workplace Equality Index at Stonewall in January 2005, showcasing the most gay-friendly employers in Britain, seven organisations out of the ‘Top 100’ did not want to be named. They were afraid of association with a gay Index or a gay charity. By the time I left Stonewall in May 2007, and we had published our third Index, they were fighting to get in and be publicly credited.

Systemic change happens. In this case, it happened very quickly, in a mere two years. Positive change is possible and can be created – if the conversation is framed effectively. It takes understanding and correct diagnosis, and it takes leadership and persistence. I would argue that one of the tools that helped bring about the rapid change highlighted above is benchmarking and competition. This is a tool we made a lot of use of at London 2012. Reflect, if you will, that white male Chief Executives ended up competing to be top diversity dog. This paradigm shift speaks to the importance of the tools, just as much as, if not more than, the nature of the subject.

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Chapter Sixteen - “I Feel that you are Introducing a Big Problem. I Never became Human. I have Missed It”

Margaret Boyle Spelman Karnac Books ePub

Lesley Caldwell

Introduction

The terms “holding”, “being”, and “illusion” form the foundations for Winnicott's consistent challenge to a one-person psychology in understanding human development. In “The theory of the parent–infant relationship”, he states: “Infants come into being differently according to whether the conditions are favourable or unfavourable. At the same time conditions do not determine the infant's potential. This is inherited…[but] an infant cannot become an infant unless linked to maternal care” (1960, p. 43, original emphasis). The infant “comes into being”; more generally, Winnicott speaks of “going on being”, described by Ogden “as a state of aliveness without reference to either subject or object” (1994, p. 169), a gloss on Winnicott's own emphasis that “In primary narcissism the environment is holding the individual, and at the same time the individual knows of no environment and is at one with it” (1954a, p. 283, original emphasis.).

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Chapter Three - The Origins of the Mind: Prejudices, Ideologies, and Science

Antonio Imbasciati Karnac Books ePub

A naive organicism

To approach the topic of how the human mind originates and develops scientifically and organically as we will do in Chapter Four, I believe that some popular prejudices should first be explained in this chapter. These prejudices come from ideologies of philosophical but also scientific history on the investigation of the mind, which are still upheld by illusions alive in the unconscious background of the Western collective imagination.

Today everybody is ready to say that the mind depends on the brain and to clarify the way this is done, attempts are made to specify that it depends “on having a brain”; and a normal brain. If we go to further investigate what this common-sense conviction means, uncertainties, confusion, contradictions, and reductionisms emerge. Is the mind perhaps the product generated by the brain? How? Is the mind the way the brain works? The mind of men is not the same for all. What about the brain then? What on earth is a “normal” brain? Normal for everyone? What does normality of the mind consist of? What is the “functioning” of the brain? Since I am convinced that it is me who directs my thoughts, i.e., my mind, is it me that commands the functions of the brain? Or is it the brain that commands me?! Does mental pathology depend on an ill brain? How? What are the causes?

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