Intimacy and Alienation: Memory, Trauma and Personal Being [NOOK Book]

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Intimacy and Alienation proposes both a therapy and theory of human consciousness. Russell Meares posits a duplex self in the William James model of an 'I' and 'me' but extends it to include a third realm of being which manifests itself in a kind of intimate conversation, which is non-linear in form and brings into being an 'inner' life or self. When the fabric of such self is damaged by a traumatic experience, the resultant sense of an inner void leaves the individual without a voice other than one that is ...
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Intimacy and Alienation: Memory, Trauma and Personal Being

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Overview

Intimacy and Alienation proposes both a therapy and theory of human consciousness. Russell Meares posits a duplex self in the William James model of an 'I' and 'me' but extends it to include a third realm of being which manifests itself in a kind of intimate conversation, which is non-linear in form and brings into being an 'inner' life or self. When the fabric of such self is damaged by a traumatic experience, the resultant sense of an inner void leaves the individual without a voice other than one that is externalised and environmentally directed. The traumatic event is 'unconscious' both in the sense that it is not represented in an imaginative linguistic form and is recorded in a memory system not that of ordinary consciousness and not immediately accessible to patient or therapist." "It is the task of the therapist to foster the emergence of a form of conversation which shows elements of 'the stream of consciousness' and which will allow the integration of the traumatic memory into the patient's experience of self." "At once invaluable to professionals in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy, Intimacy and Alienation is a work of wide interest to anyone interested in theories of memory, language and human consciousness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317797951
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Russell Meares is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, and Director of Psychiatry at Westmead Hoapital, Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 The self in conversation 1
Pt. 1 Self and development
2 I, me, myself 7
3 Conversational play 15
4 Two forms of human conversation 22
5 Memory 32
Pt. 2 The trauma system
6 Uncoupled consciousness 43
7 Disrupted maturation: the dissolution hypothesis 55
8 A theory of value 64
9 Feeling creates reality 76
10 Malignant internalisation 84
11 The evocative context 93
12 Priming and projective identification: on being constructed 101
13 Satellites of trauma 112
Pt. 3 Integration
14 Transforming the chronicle 121
15 Flights and perchings 129
Epilogue
16 The death of Narcissus 141
Notes 146
References 166
Author index 183
Subject index 187
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