Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Psychology - 294 pages
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Each person invests many of the objects in his life with his or her own unconscious meaning, each person subsequently voyages through an environment that constantly evokes the self's psychic history. Taking Freud's model of dreamwork as a model for all unconscious thinking, Christopher Bollas argues that we dreamwork ourselves into becoming who we are, and illustrates how the analyst and the patient use such unconscious processes to develop new psychic structures that the patient can use to alter his or her self experience. Building on this foundation, he goes on to describe some very special forms of self experience, including the tragic madness of women cutting themselves, the experience of a cruising homosexual in bars and bathes and the demented ferocity of the facist state of mind. An original interpreter of classical theory and clinical issues, in Being a Character Christopher Bollas takes the reader into the very texture of the psychoanalytic process.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Aspects of Self Experiencing
11
The Evocative Object
33
The Psychoanalysts Use of Free Association
101
Cutting
137
Cruising in the Homosexual Arena
144
Violent Innocence
165
The Fascist State of Mind
193
Generational Consciousness
247
References
277
Index
283
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Christopher Bollas is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, and Honorary Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is a member of ESGUT, the European Study Group of Unconscious Thought.

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