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Creative Readings Essays on Seminal Analytic Works

ISBN-10: 0415698332
ISBN-13: 9780415698337
Edition: 2012
Authors: Thomas H. Ogden
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Description: Thomas Ogden is internationally recognized as one of the most creative analytic thinkers writing today. In this book he brings his original analytic ideas to life by means of his own method of closely reading major analytic works. He reads watershed  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Thomas Ogden is internationally recognized as one of the most creative analytic thinkers writing today. In this book he brings his original analytic ideas to life by means of his own method of closely reading major analytic works. He reads watershed papers in a way that does not simply cast new and discerning light on the works he is discussing, but introduces his own thinking regarding the ideas being discussed in the texts. Ogden offers expanded understandings of some of the most fundamental concepts constituting psychoanalytic theory and practice. He does so by finding in each of the articles he discusses much that the author knew, but did not know that he or she knew. An example of this is how Freud, in his conception of the unconscious workings of mourning and melancholia, was providing the foundation of a theory of unconscious internal object relations. Ogden goes on to provide further re-readings of classic material from the following key contributors to contemporary psychoanalysis:W. R. D. FairbairnDonald WinnicottWilfred BionHans LoewaldHarold Searles.  This book is not simply a book of readings, it is a book about reading, about how to read in a way that readers actively rewrite what they are reading, and in so doing makes the ideas truly their own. The concepts that Ogden develops in his readings provide a significant step in the reader’s expansion of his or her understanding of many of the ideas that lie at the cutting edge of contemporary psychoanalysis. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists who use a psychodynamic approach, as well as professionals and academics with an interest in contemporary psychoanalysis.

Acknowledgements
Some thoughts on how to read this book
Freud's "Mourning and melancholia" and the origins of object relations theory
Reading Susan Isaacs: Toward a radically revised theory of thinking
Why read Fairbairn?
Winnicott's "Primitive emotional development"
Reading Bion
Elements of analytic style: Bion's clinical seminars
Reading Loewald: Oedipus reconceived
Harold Searles' "Oedipal love in the countertransference" and "Unconscious identification"
References
Index

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