The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Unknown / Edition 1

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Overview

Basing his view on the object relations theories of the "British School" of psychoanalysis, Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father, or self. He explains in well-written and non-technical language how the object can affect the child, or "cast in shadow," without the child being able to process this relation through mental representations of language.

Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father or self.

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Editorial Reviews

The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

There is much in this book that is wise, clinically perceptive, and thought-provoking. Bollas is clearly exquisitely sensitive to affective nuances as clues to early, preoedipal events and their developmental consequences....Bollas's book is a lucid, creative, balanced... exposition. It deserves a respectful audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231066273
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 827,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Bollas is Director of Education at the Austen Riggs Center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Shadow of the Object 1. The transformational object2. The spirit of the object as the hand of fate3. The self as object4. At the other's play: to dream5. The trisexualPart 2. Moods 6. Moods and the conservative process7. Loving hate8. Normotic illness9. Extractive interjectionPart 3. Countertransference 10. The liar11. The psychoanalyst and the hysteric12. Expressive uses of the countertransference13. Self analysis and the countertransference14. Ordinary regression to dependencePart 4. Epilogue 15. The unthought known: early considerations

Columbia University Press

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