Subject to Change: Jung, Gender and Subjectivity in Psychoanalysis

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Written by senior Jungian analyst Polly Young-Eisendrath, the selected essays in Subject to Change deal with the big issues surrounding how psychoanalysts understand their profession and how they can improve it. The book is divided into four clear and informative sections: Uncertainty and Subjectivity; Feminism, Gender, and Contrasexuality; Transference and Transformation in psychotherapy; and Transcendence and Subjectivity. The essays presented in Subject to Change are classics that will have significant appeal not only to those concerned with psychotherapy, but also those interested in spirituality.

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"I recommend this book, it is an erudite treatise – a must for all interested in the topics under discussion, psychology, psychoanalysis philosophy, spirituality and the politics of psychoanalysis." – Joy Schaverien, Psychotherapy and Politics International, Iss 4, 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583919460
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Polly Young-Eisendrath is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont Medical College and a psychologist and Jungian analyst practicing in central Vermont, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : changing the subject - the self as a verb 1
Pt. 1 Subjectivity and uncertainty 17
2 The science of intentions and the intentions of science 19
3 Struggling with Jung : the value of uncertainty 30
4 On the difficulty of being a Jungian psychoanalyst 38
5 Subject to change : feminism, psychoanalysis and subjectivity 45
6 The self in analysis : a postmodern account 52
7 Jungian constructivism and the value of uncertainty 60
Pt. 2 Gender and desire 75
8 Myth and body : Pandora's legacy in a postmodern world 77
9 Feminism and narrating female persons 89
10 The female person and how we talk about her 100
11 Revisiting identity 116
12 Gender and contrasexuality : Jung's contribution and beyond 122
Pt. 3 Transference and transformation 137
13 What's love got to do with it? Transference and transformation in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy 139
14 The transformation of human suffering : a perspective from psychotherapy and Buddhism 151
15 When the fruit ripens : alleviating suffering and increasing compassion as goals of clinical psychoanalysis 164
Pt. 4 Transcendence and subjectivity 177
16 Psychotherapy as ordinary transcendence : the unspeakable and the unspoken 179
17 Compassion as resilience and transcendence 188
18 Locating the transcendent : inference, rupture, irony 194
19 Self and transcendence : a postmodern approach to analytical psychology in practice 204
20 From myth to metaphor : transcending realism 214
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