Missing Us

Missing Us : Re-Visioning Psychoanalysis from the Perspective of Community

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A foundational premise in this book is that the question and struggle of the 21st century for people in Western societies is one of community. To be relevant and helpful, psychological and, in particular, psychoanalytic theories must consider this question and struggle. This unique and valuable book seeks to reframe psychoanalytic theory and practice in terms of community and experiences of communion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765708809
  • 9780765708809
  • 2,245,527

About Ryan Lamothe

Ryan LaMothe, PhD, is a professor of pastoral counseling at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Author of numerous articles on religion and psychoanalysis, LaMothe has also written three books, including Being Alive: Psychoanalysis and Vitality.
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LaMothe also wrote Heresies of the Heart: Developing Emotional Wisdom (2009), Becoming Alive: Psychoanalysis and Vitality (2005), and Revitalizing Faith through Pastoral Counseling (2001), along with journal articles on a range of psychoanalytic themes. Among those articles are "Freud's Envy of Religious Experience," "Political Humiliation, Object Use," and "Psychological Changes in the Life of Malcolm X." In this volume, he intends to add to psychoanalytic anthropology. He draws often from the works of Ronald Fairbairn, Ian Suttie, and Donald Winnicott, and from philosopher John Macmurray. LaMothe asserts that analysis should include assessment of the parts played by economics, politics, and social domains on the person's community. Highly readable concrete characterizations of his therapy with particular patients-in-community bring theory to life. Chapter titles adequately represent coverage: "Psychoanalysis and Community," "Persons-in-Community," "Being Alive Together: Potential Space, Transitional Objects, and Persons-in-Community," "Communion of Everyday Life: Motivation, the Unconscious, and the Struggle of and for Community," "Transference Love in Light of Communion and Community," and "Psychoanalysis and Community: Strengths, Limitations, and Challenges." Of interest to the psychoanalytic community. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals. CHOICE "In this superbly written book, Ryan LaMothe draws attention to a reality which Sigmund Freud took for granted both personally and professionally: our profound need for a community in which we experience a deep sense of identity and interpersonal safety. LaMothe's penetrating discussions of the writings of philosopher John Macmurray and psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott on intersubjectivity and the person-in-community articulate an understanding which churches and other religious societies would do well to exemplify-especially in an age when the needs of individuals for community have become particularly acute. I especially appreciated the fact that the author presents himself as one who experiences such communities in his own life. Thus, he is not an idealistic visionary but a hopeful realist who longs for others to know what he has known." -- Donald Capps "Ryan LaMothe offers a compelling, integrative perspective in his book Missing Us. As our culture embraces a hyper-connected social media mentality, LaMothe helps to reshape our thinking about psychoanalytic concepts of the past and the aims of therapy in the future." -- Michael L. Stern, PhD, psychologist and family business advisor
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Table of contents

Chapter One-Psychoanalysis and Community
Chapter Two-Persons in Community
Chapter Three-Being Alive Together: Potential Space, Transitional Objects, and Persons-in-Community
Chapter Four-Communion of Everyday Life: Motivation, the Unconscious, and the Struggle of and for Community
Chapter Five-Transference Love in Light of Communion and Community
Chapter Six-Psychoanalysis and Community: Strengths, Limitations, and Challenges
About the Author
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