Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification / Edition 1

Under the Skin: A Psychoanalytic Study of Body Modification / Edition 1

by Alessandra Lemma
     
 

"Under the Skin considers the motivation behind why people pierce, tattoo, cosmetically enhance, or otherwise modify their body, from a psychoanalytic perspective. It discusses how the therapist can understand and help individuals for whom the manipulation of the body is felt to be psychically necessary, regardless of whether the process of modification causes pain

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"Under the Skin considers the motivation behind why people pierce, tattoo, cosmetically enhance, or otherwise modify their body, from a psychoanalytic perspective. It discusses how the therapist can understand and help individuals for whom the manipulation of the body is felt to be psychically necessary, regardless of whether the process of modification causes pain." "In this book, psychoanalyst Alessandra Lemma draws on her work in the consulting room, as well as films, fiction, art and clinical research, to suggest that the motivation for extensively modifying the surface of the body, and being excessively preoccupied with its appearance, comes from the person's internal world - under their skin." Under the Skin provides a detailed study of the challenges posed by our embodied nature through an exploration of the unconscious phantasies that underlie the need for body modification, making it essential reading for all clinicians working with those who are preoccupied with their appearance and modify their bodies including psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415485692
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/12/2010
Series:
New Library of Psychoanalysis 'Beyond the Couch' Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The body as canvas 1

1 As you desire me 25

2 The symptom of ugliness 42

3 Mirrors 56

4 Being seen or being watched 74

5 Occupied territories and foreign parts: reclaiming the body 92

6 Copies without originals: envy and the maternal body 112

7 The botoxing of experience 129

8 Ink, holes and scars 148

Conclusion: an order of pure decision 172

Notes 178

References 186

Index 200

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