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PsycCRITIQUESMeissner's work is a rich consideration of the role of time in various iterations in human psychology. Though focused on psychoanalysis, this book is relevant to many areas of clinical, counseling, social, and developmental psychology.
Meissner is a prolific and original writer, as comfortable with philosophy as he is with psychology. His writing is poetic, reflective, and provocative. The reader is presented with a compendium of the various meanings of time. Meissner provides a comprehensive discussion of various philosophical positions on time as it has been seen through the ages. He references thinkers such as Aristotle, Derrida, Heidegger, Kant, Kristeva, Newton, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Ricouer, and Whitehead.
Overall, Meissner's book is unique. As clinicians we are called on to work within constraints of time and place, while simultaneously considering the timelessness and placelessness of unconscious experience. Meissner's book is rich, even too rich with opportunity to dwell on, as well as to dwell in time.
Reading it is well worth your time.