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Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments / Edition 1

Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis - Contemporary Developments / Edition 1

by Nicola Diamond
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ISBN-13: 9780470019429
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/10/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr Nicola Diamond is a Senior Lecturer in PsychosocialStudies, University of East London, and teaches at the TavistockClinic. She is also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with theBritish Association of Psychotherapists (British PsychoanalyticCouncil registered) in private practice, and runs a clinic at TheHelen Bamber Foundation; before this she worked as aPsychotherapist at the Women's Therapy Centre in London. She is theco-author of Attachment and Intersubjectivity (with MarioMarrone, 2003) and has published widely in the field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I The Framework: Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Connections 11

1 Introducing Interdisciplinary Connections 13

2 Nurture/Nature 29

3 Bodily Expression and Language Relations 38

4 Setting the Scene: The Problem of the Binary Divide 51

Part II The Vital Order: Moving Away from Interiority and Biology as Bedrock 59

5 The Vital Order and the Biological Functions: Going Back to the Fundamental Problem 61

6 The Problem of Dualism and the Division between the Vital and the Psychic Order 74

7 The Vital Revisited: Deconstructing the Vital Order from Within 77

8 Rebuilding the Vital Field 90

9 Body Memory and Know-How 101

10 Attachment and Sexuality: Regulation versus Deregulation 109

Part III Exteriority: The Body Surface 119

11 The Skin: An Introduction 121

12 Didier Anzieu and The Skin Ego 137

13 Permeable Skin 147

14 The Emergence of Skin as a Support Matrix 154

15 Skin Narratives 162

16 Skin Relation 173

17 Skin Writing and Touch as Analogous to Language 179

18 Psychosomatics and Conversion: The Question of the Symbol 189

Conclusion: Have We Reached a Destination? 208

References and Further Reading 217

Index 226

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Nicola Diamond is both an academic and a clinician. She has amulti-disciplinary background in psychoanalysis, attachment theory,developmental psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and sociology.She is known for her original thinking and the way she challengesCartesian dualism in psychoanalysis. In this book Nicola Diamondprovides us with a refreshing approach to the body-mind-societyrelationship and its clinical implications, particularly inrelation to interpersonal trauma and its bodilymanifestations.—Mario Marrone, BritishPsychoanalytical Society and International AttachmentNetwork

This is a book that offers an innovative model of the body whichestablishes a relation between soma and culture. It is afascinating read -  not only helpful for a psychoanalyticcontext and the clinical field, but also for psychosocial studiesscholars interested in body image and the processes of fantasy thatshape our experience of the lived body in everyday life. The bookraises important questions about how sensory lived body states andbody image are profoundly influenced not only by relations withothers, but also by the social field of visual imaging and popularculture.—Dr. Candida Yates, Reader in PsychosocialStudies, University of East London.

Nicola Diamond has always pioneered the integrationof academic, clinical and theoretical issues and a bookfrom her is long-awaited. "Between Skins" is an unusual andambitious book linking the psychoanalytic, attachment theory,biological science and properly focusses on the multi-layeredfeelings of skin and body processes. Like Orbach and her conceptsof the transitional body, Diamond's psychoanalytic strength alsocomes through.—Dr.Valerie Sinason M.InstPsychoanal, Director for The Clinic for DissociativeStudies.

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