On Freud's ''Beyond the Pleasure Principle''

On Freud's ''Beyond the Pleasure Principle''



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On Freud's ''Beyond the Pleasure Principle'' by Salman Akhtar

Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" constitutes a major landmark and a real turning point in the evolution of psychoanalytic theory. Pushing aside the primacy of the tension-discharge-gratification model of mental dynamics, this work introduced the notion of a daemonic force within all human beings that slowly but insistently seeks psychic inactivity, inertia, and death. Diverse and rich connotations of the proposal are elucidated in this book. Other consequences of Freud's 1920 paper—namely, the marginalization of ego instincts, the introduction of Freud's second dream theory, and the upgrading of aggression in the scheme of things—are also addressed. The editors have gathered a body of distinguished psychoanalysts from around the world to argue, discuss, elaborate upon, and advance Freud's groundbreaking contribution.

Contributors: Salman Akhtar, Ira Brenner, Fátima Caropreso, Michael Feldman, Betty Joseph, Otto Kernberg, Joshua Levy, Ashok Nagpal, Mary Kay O’Neil, Henri Parens, Richard Theisen Simanke, W. Craig Tomlinson, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855757851
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Series: IPA Contemporary Freud: Turning Points & Critical Issues Series
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Salman Akhtar was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

Mary Kay O'Neil a Supervising and Training Analyst of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis, is in private practice in Montreal, Quebec. Currently, she is Associate Director of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (Quebec, English). She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, where she was on the staff at the University of Toronto Psychiatric Service and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She is author of The Unsung Psychoanalyst: The Quiet Influence of Ruth Easser and co-editor of Confidentiality: Ethical Perspectives and Clinical Dilemmas. Her research and publications include articles in areas such as depression and young adult development, emotional needs of sole-support mothers and their children, post-analytic contact between analyst and analysand, and psychoanalytic ethics. She has served on psychoanalytic ethics committees at local, national, and international levels; as a reviewer for JAPA, the Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis; and, currently, on the North American Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

Contemporary Freud: IPA Publications Committee vii

Acknowledgements ix

Editors and Contributors xi

Introduction Salman Akhtar 1

Part I Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920g) Sigmund Freud 13

Part II Discussion of Beyond the Pleasure Principle

1 Jenseits and beyond: teaching Freud's late work W. Craig Tomlinson 73

2 Life and death in Freudian metapsychology: a reappraisal of the second instinctual dualism Fátima Caropreso Richard Theisen Simanke 86

3 An unusual manifestation of repetition compulsion in traumatized patients Ira Brenner 108

4 The dream in Beyond the Pleasure Principle and beyond Joshua Levy 128

5 Does the death-instinct-based theory of aggression hold up? Henri Parens 154

6 The concept of the death drive: a clinical perspective Otto Kernberg 173

7 Addiction to near-death Betty Joseph 191

8 Manifestations of the death instinct in the consulting room Michael Feldman 206

9 A Hindu reading of Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle Ashok Nagpal 230

10 The trauma of lost love in psychoanalysis Elisabeth Young-Bruehl 250

Epilogue Mary Kay O'Neil 265

References 279

Index 297

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