Retelling a Life: Narration and Dialogue in Psychoanalysis

Retelling a Life: Narration and Dialogue in Psychoanalysis

by Roy Schafer
     
 

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The manner in which we "narrate" our lives is the central theme of psycho-analytic discourse and a critical issue for all of us, Roy Schafer argues. Narrating, giving an account, presenting a version: these terms make up the core vocabulary of the narrative approach. From this perspective, Schafer offers a new understanding of such diverse issues as men's struggle

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The manner in which we "narrate" our lives is the central theme of psycho-analytic discourse and a critical issue for all of us, Roy Schafer argues. Narrating, giving an account, presenting a version: these terms make up the core vocabulary of the narrative approach. From this perspective, Schafer offers a new understanding of such diverse issues as men's struggle against sentimentality; women and power; happiness and failure; and analysts' sublimated love for the patients.

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Numerous clinical examples illustrate the author's approach, which exploits the usefulness of narratological and dialogical considerations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465069385
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/29/1994
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Schafer, Ph.D., is a training and supervising analyst at Columbia University’s Psychoanalytic Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He was the first Freud Memorial Professor at University College in London and has been honored twice by the American Psychological Association for his contributions to psychoanalysis and professional knowledge. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is the author of, among other works, A New Language for Psychoanalysis, Aspects of Internalization, and The Analytic Attitude (Basic, 1983).

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