What Shakespeare Teaches Us about Psychoanalysis: A Local by Dorothy T. Grunes, Jerome M. Grunes

By Dorothy T. Grunes, Jerome M. Grunes

Utilizing Shakespeare's paintings to extend our realizing of what it's to be human, this publication of utilized psychoanalysis furthers the research of Shakespeare, literary conception, dramatic arts, and psychoanalytic conception. it's also obtainable to readers, theatre-goers and those that be interested within the human situation. With highbrow rigour, and shut textual research, it values the insights of many artistic writers reminiscent of T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, W. H. Auden, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in addition to Sigmund Freud, Heinz Kohut and D.W. Winnicott. For the clinician, this e-book introduces new theories in psychoanalysis established upon the textual content and medical event. Psychoanalysts literature are at an obstacle, because the price procedure belongs completely to the world of literary idea right. Literary concept, in flip, frequently unearths what the student seeks. it's not magnificent that this in all probability enriching mixture of literary conception and psychoanalysis has had hassle maintaining its relevance and has a tendency in the direction of reductionism. As a bringing jointly of either literature and psychoanalysis this publication is exclusive in that it contains that that's on hand to either canons. during this manner, the authors wish to inspire readers to participate within the drama and within the analytic procedure.

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As illustrations I will present two case studies, one of a black lesbian and one of a white, male, married patient. My aim in these case studies is to show how a Foucauldian approach can be combined with a psychoanalytic approach to enable a more sensitive understanding of issues regarding identity and sexual orientation as well as race. In The History of Sexuality (1978) Foucault’s central claim is that the body cannot be seen purely as a material or biological “fact”. It does not exist outside discourse; what is designated as normal or abnormal, natural or unnatural, depends on the power of institutions such as the church, medicine or law, that is bought to bear on the body.

She wanted to join a group I was running and, since one of the group members knew her, I felt unable to accept her into the group. She responded to my decision with fury, crying and accusing me of being a “fucking white racist”, of shutting her out. She said that the other group member “had everything” and that, as a mixed race lesbian, there was never a place for her. As her rage grew, so did my anxiety that she might smash me or my consulting-room up. However, I also felt intrigued by the relentlessness of her demand and I warmed to her fighting spirit.

My experiences of being bored and non-existent in her presence were becoming much less frequent: I felt more space for my own spontaneity. When I had laughed with her in one session, she told me a few weeks later that she had realized that I was not only cold and authoritarian, as she had thought, but that I could be warm too. She associated this coldness with her mother’s rejection of her, contrasting it with her father’s possessiveness and eroticization of his relationship with her. This relationship with Paula was very precious to Gloria.

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