The Good Life : Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Ethics, Creativity, and Spirituality
Psychoanalysts have traditionally been expert at uncovering what afflicts and damages people, argues Jeffrey B. Rubin, but by focusing on narcissism and perversions, depression and sadism, psychoanalysis has all too often disregarded what nourishes and sustains us. In The Good Life, he demonstrates how psychoanalysis can make a profound contribution to the well-lived life by drawing on a neglected but potent aspect of psychoanalysis--its capacity to illuminate a psychology of health as well as illness. Rubin shows that, at its best, psychoanalysis can highlight both the ingredients of love, ethics, creativity, and spirituality, as well as the obstacles to experiencing them. Exploring the good life from this dual perspective provides an indispensable resource for helping us live with greater meaning and vitality.
- Hardback | 142 pages
- 152.4 x 236.2 x 17.8mm | 249.48g
- 22 Sep 2004
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"This is a remarkably jargon-free, accessible, thoughtful analysis of the current state of psychotherapy and its inability or unwillingness to help people address social and individual issues by affirming their values, spirituality, and creativity. This sounds like Dr. Phil, but it isn't. In discussions ranging from Greek tragedies to Mozart and Michelangelo, Rubin takes us on a serious journey through the history, failures, and potentials of psychoanalysis."
About Jeffrey B. Rubin
Jeffrey B. Rubin is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Bedford Hills and is also Faculty and Training Supervisor at Harlem Family Institute. He is the author of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time: Exploring the Blindness of the Seeing I.