The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known

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Columbia University Press, 1987 - Psychology - 283 pages
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Basing his view on the object relations theories of the "British School" of psychoanalysis, Christopher Bollas examines the human subject's memories of its earliest experiences (during infancy and childhood) of the object, whether it be mother, father, or self. He explains in well-written and non-technical language how the object can affect the child, or "cast in shadow," without the child being able to process this relation through mental representations of language.

 

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Contents

THE SHADOW OF THE OBJECT
3
The transformational object
13
The spirit of the object as the hand of fate
30
The self as object
41
to dream
64
The trisexual
82
MOODS
99
Loving hate
117
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
168
The psychoanalyst and the hysteric
189
Expressive uses of the countertransference
200
Self analysis and the countertransference
236
Ordinary regression to dependence
256
early considerations
277
Notes
285
Index
295

Normotic illness
135
Extractive introjection
157

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About the author (1987)

Christopher Bollas is Director of Education at the Austen Riggs Center of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts.

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