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From the Publisher“If a single book can be said to make a difference in lives, Ernest Schachtel’s great Metamorphosis can be appraised as that one. Rarely in art or science have wisdom and beauty of language come together so well in one work.”
- Jerome L. Singer, Ph.D.
“Metamorphosis offers a vision of the individual as agent in his or her own becoming, of the conflicts and anxieties surrounding the potential to emerge from embeddedness, and of the ways in which perception becomes free or compromised. Schachtel explores the nature of thinking, attention, memory, and feelings with freshness, subtlety, and originality. This book was a breakthrough in its time. It remains a psychoanalytic treasure.”
- Darlene B. Ehrenberg, Ph.D.
"Metamorphosis is, quite simply, one of the great classics of psychoanalytic literature - and the depth and beauty of its writing means that it is one of the rare pyschoanalytic books that truly deserves to be called literature."
- Donnel Stern, Ph.D., Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis
"Schachtel's study of ontogenesis is one of the most important books in the history of American psychoanalysis. Whether discussing the emotions or 'touch' or considering 'objectification,' he brings a creative organization to his writing that is profound and illuminating."
- Christopher Bollas, Ph.D., Author, The Mystery of Things