Narcissus and Oedipus: The Children of Psychoanalysis (Maresfield Library)

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Freud organised the theory of the child's journey to adulthood around the myths of Narcissus and Oedipus. In this intelligent study, the author re-examines these myths to see if a radical reinterpretation of them will give birth to new sets of images through which psychoanalysts can contemplate the contemporary patient.

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'Primary narcissism has of course been questioned for decades but never so gracefully and cogently as by Hamilton. It should be required reading at least for teachers of psychoanalysis. Dr Hamilton is a child and adult psychoanalytic practitioner and teacher of long experience. Her literary facility makes the Greek myths seem easy. However she is also philosophically and logically trained and these give her the conceptual precision needed to set about reforming old psychoanalytic habits.'- From the Foreword by Eric Rayner'Narcissus and Oedipus will provide a secure base for continuing explorations of an open psychoanalytic domain that overlaps the borders of many disciplines and receives vital news from regions yet unknown.'- From the Preface by Murray M. Schwartz'Freud organized his theory of the child's journey to adult life around the myths of Narcissus and Oedipus and since his formulations subsequent generations of psychoanalysts have considered human ontology within the structure of these deeply complex tales. In this exceptionally intelligent study, Victoria Hamilton re-examines these myths to see if a radical reinterpretation of them will give birth to new sets of images through which psychoanalysts can contemplate the contemporary patient. In this she succeeds brilliantly. Students of psychoanalysis will learn a great deal from her erudite grasp of essentials, the informed reader will be continuously pushed to rethink human nature and its development, and the experienced clinician will find many occasions to ponder technique, especially the handling of the transferences. Hamilton's is a fine mind and Narcissus and Oedipus an inspired work.- Christopher Bollas

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