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Psychoanalysts would argue that at the root of anxiety about loneliness, which commonly brings people into analysis, lies anxiety about separation, unresolved since childhood.
When re-experienced in analysis, the painful awareness of solitude - the sense of being a separate person - can become a rich source of personal creativity. In The Taming of Solitude, Jean-Michel Quinodoz brings together the views of Freud, Klein, Hanna Segal, W.R.D. Fairbairn, D.W. Winnicott, Anna Freud, Margaret Mahler, Heinz Kohut, John Bowlby and others, presenting a comprehensive approach to the experience of loneliness, a universal phenomenon which can be observed in everyday life and in any therapeutic situation.
Written with clarity and insight, The Taming of Solitude will be of great interest to all psychoanalysts and therapists.
Table of Contents
Segal, Foreword. Part One: Separation Anxiety in Psychoanalytic Practice. Separation Anxiety in Transference Phantasies. Separation Anxiety Illustrated by a Clinical Example. Approaches to the Interpretation of Separation Anxiety. Part Two: The Place of Separation Anxiety and Object-loss. Freud, Separation Anxiety and Object-loss. The Views of Melanie Klein and her School on Separation Anxiety and Object-loss. The Place of Separation Anxiety and Object-loss in the Other Main Psychoanalytic Theories. Part Three: Technical Considerations. Transference Interpretations of Separation Anxiety. Physical Pain and Negative Transference. Acting Out and Separation Anxiety. The Psychoanalytic Setting and the Container Function. Part Four: The Taming of Solitude. Termination of the Analysis and Separation Anxiety. The Capacity to be Alone, Buoyancy and the Integration of Physical Life. Recapitulation and Conclusions. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.