The Psychology of Beauty: Creation of a Beautiful Self

The Psychology of Beauty: Creation of a Beautiful Self

by Ellen Sinkman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442238190
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/09/2014
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Ellen Sinkman, LCSW, is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, and a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), and Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). She is in the full-time private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in New York City and in Westchester.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Pygmalion and His Living Sculpture
Chapter 2: Prehistoric and Literary Eras: Seeking a Beautiful Self
Chapter 3: Ordinary Beauty and Timeless Fantasies
Chapter 4: Re-birth, Transformation, or Growth: Narcissistic Hurdles in the Quest to Become Beautiful
Chapter 5: The Misplaced Therapist: In Search of Pygmalion on and off the Couch
Chapter 6: Reaching Farther for a Pygmalion Experience: Artistic Beauty or Pathological Excursions
Chapter 7: Perverse Aspects in the Urge to Become Beautiful: Use and Abuse in Pygmalion Dyads
Chapter 8: The Intersection of the Biology and Psychology of Beauty
Chapter 9: Understanding the Invisibility of Beauty in Clinical Work: Translating the Unseen
Chapter 10: Doing Versus Talking in Clinical Work: Cautionary Tales for Working Successfully with Beauty Issues
Chapter 11: Creating Beauty: Evolutionary and Cutting Edge Perspectives
Chapter 12: Variations on Definitions of Beauty
Chapter 13: Beauty, Gender Identity, and Primary Femininity
Chapter 14: Origins and Endings of Beauty

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth L. Auchincloss

In The Psychology of Beauty: Creation of a Beautiful Self, Ellen Sinkman has written a book that should be required reading for all students of mental health. Our patients have preoccupations, fantasies, and dreams about beauty that often go unaddressed in treatment. Sinkman takes us on a guided tour of this private land of beauty; the experience unforgettable.—Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College; Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Arlene Kramer Richards

How useful and beautiful it is to have myths and fairy tales mingled with psychoanalytic case stories to examine the many ways the idea of beauty drives both thinking and behavior. This book mines a rich trove of Western archaeology, literature, and science to come up with a fascinating story of its own. Read it and weep, laugh, learn and enjoy.

Carolyn Ellman

Ellen Sinkman has definitely shown us that ’beauty is not skin deep;’ in fact, in this book we are taken back 50,000 years to look at how Neanderthal man tried to beautify himself- as have all recorded cultures (even wanting their dead bodies to look beautiful for the gods). Using myths, fairytales, and her psychoanalytic work, Sinkman shows how profound the search for beauty is. Whether it relates to some early attachment to the idealized mother or some deep denial of death by striving for perfection, Sinkman shows us why the search for beauty triggers off such intense affects as shame, disgust, envy, and a pathological obsession with aging. When you finish this brilliant, scholarly work you will understand why the obsession with beauty (for men and women alike) has such deep biological and psychological roots. Congratulations to the author on this extraordinary ‘eye-opening’ work.—Carolyn Ellman, PhD, New York University

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